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Chicken-Fried Steak with Milk Gravy

Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-On time 40 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 steak and about 1/2 cup gravy)
The secret to this steak's crispy crust is crumbled saltine crackers. To achieve a crispy outside and a tender inside, firmly push the cracker crumbs into the cube steak to fill crevices and to keep the steak from shrinking as it cooks.

Ingredients

  • Steak:
  • 2.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1/3 cup 1% low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 (3-ounce) cube steaks
  • Gravy:
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 417
  • fat 21.4 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • monofat 11.5 g
  • polyfat 4.6 g
  • protein 28.6 g
  • carbohydrate 26.3 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 55 mg
  • iron 3.1 mg
  • sodium 606 mg
  • calcium 200 mg

How to Make It

  1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through crackers) in a shallow bowl. Combine buttermilk and egg whites in another shallow bowl, stirring with a whisk.

  2. Heat canola oil in a cast-iron or other nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until oil shimmers.

  3. Coat cube steaks with cracker mixture; dip in buttermilk mixture, then coat again in cracker mixture, pressing into steaks. Use all the cracker mixture.

  4. Cook steaks until brown and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove steaks from pan, and place on a rack over a baking sheet.

  5. To prepare gravy, place milk in a medium bowl. Whisk 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper into milk. Pour mixture into pan, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly and scraping pan to loosen browned bits, about 5 minutes or until gravy is thick. Serve gravy over steaks.

Cook's Notes

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