Chicken-Fried Steak with Milk Gravy

Photo: Oxmoor House

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.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 steak and about 1/2 cup gravy)
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 417
  • Fat: 21.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 11.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Protein: 28.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.3g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Iron: 3.1mg
  • Sodium: 606mg
  • Calcium: 200mg

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

Preparation

  1. 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. 2. Heat canola oil in a cast-iron or other nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until oil shimmers.
  3. 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. 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. 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.
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