Chicken Fried Steak, a traditional dish found on many menus here in south-west Indiana. But since moving here I had yet to try it. About a month ago we went to dinner at “The Hilltop Inn”, a lovely hometown restaurant here in Evansville, and I decided to go on an adventure. Chicken Fried Steak, a cube steak fried like chicken, wow, absolutely delightful. So here is my recipe duplicating their wonderful flavors. (On a side note: The Hilltop Inn was featured on the Food Network for their Brain Sandwiches, which I also have not tried, but thinking I probably won’t be eating that anytime soon.)
Ingredients: 6 servings
- 6 individual serving size cube steaks
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups flour, divided use
- 1 tsp ground black pepper, divided use
- 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided use
- 1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Your going to use a 3 stage dredge method. In a large bowl combine the 1st dredge mix. This consist of 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. In another large bowl whisk together the 2nd dredge mixture of the 3 eggs and buttermilk. In the last large bowl combine the 3rd dredge mix consisting of 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/3 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs.
Working with one cube steak at a time, dredge the steak through the 1st flour dredge mixture and shake the excess off. Now dredge it through the egg buttermilk mixture, making sure the cube steak is completely coated. Lastly dredge the steak in the 3rd dredge mixture and shake off the excess. Place the coated cube steaks on a plate to allow the steaks to absorb the dredging mixtures.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. I use my cast iron skillet it works like a charm for frying. Add enough shortening until you reach a 1/4″ depth of melted shortening. Add the cube steaks, but don’t crowd the pan, fry each side until golden brown. For me this takes about 5 minutes on each side.
Suggestions: Mark loves Chicken Fried Steak topped with white pan gravy. Add mashed potatoes and my “Southern Green Beans” and he is completely delighted with his dinner.