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Old 08-03-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Chicken Fried Steak

Last night one of the friends came over and tells me he likes chicken fried steak or they call it Country fried steak. Could someone please clarify for me exactly is the 'steak' pork or beef? It surely isn't chicken. He told me he knew it was beef. Since I rarely go out to eat, and our family never called it Country or Chicken Fried, we usually prepared this with breading and pork. Now was this the same thing or is it breaded beef? Thanks for your understanding and help.

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Old 08-03-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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It is normally made with tenderized cube steak, ITK
Just dredge it through flour and fry, or, you can dip in egg then dredge. It can be made a few ways.
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It's generally made with cube steak, breaded, fried, then make a gravy.
I'm not a fan of cube steak so I find something else more tender, pound thin if needed and carry on.
But yes, it's beef.
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:35 PM   #4
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They called it Chicken Fried in Texas, and the call it Country Fried in Illinois. The best I've had was made with sirloin.

Pork is also great that way. You can buy pork cutlets or make your own out of pork steaks. I've always just called this breaded pork cutlets.
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:50 PM   #5
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Everyone has given you good information. It's just steak fried as if you were making fried chicken, hence the name.

If it's pork, it would be called Chicken Fried Pork. Normally it is served with a white gravy. For the steak it can be cubed steak or some other steak, pounded thin. I don't mine the cubed steak and I don't think I've ever had a tough one.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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I've had it with white sausage gravy but the other day, I saw Paula Deen make it with a brown onion gravy in a Throwdown episode and it was hailed as authentic Southern style.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:13 PM   #7
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Down here we don't care what color the gravy is - just make gravy!!!!!!!!! I've only seen it a few times with a brown gravy but at a local place they will ask you if you want brown or white gravy.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:18 PM   #8
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Check your grocer's meat case for "tenderized' round steak...It works well too!
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:28 PM   #9
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I use cubed steak. Here's my recipe: Country Fried Steak
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:31 PM   #10
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Yep Mama - that's the dish! I love milk gravy on mine!
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