Bragging Rights Chicken Fried Steak Recipe
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Bragging Rights Chicken Fried Steak

2 pounds round steak, sliced 1/2" thick
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon hot red pepper sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
crisco for deep frying

1/4 cup pan drippings
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups evaporated milk
1 cup unsalted beef stock
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste

Cut steak into 4 equal portions. Pound until each is about 1/4 inch thick. Place flour in a shallow bowl. In a second dish, stir together baking powder, soda, pepper and salt; mix in buttermilk, egg, pepper sauce and garlic. The mixture will be thin. Dredge each steak first in flour, then in batter. Dunk steaks back into flour and dredge well, patting in the flour until the surface of the meat is dry.

Add enough shortening to a deep cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven to deep fry steaks in at least 4 inches of fat. Bring temperature of shortening to 325F. Fry the steaks, pushing them under the fat or turning them as they bob to the surface, for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Drain steaks on paper towels and transfer to a platter. Keep warm while preparing Classic Cream Gravy. Divide steaks among 4 plates and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.

CLASSIC CREAM GRAVY: After cooking chicken-fried steak or similar dish, pour off the top fat through a strainer, leaving about 1/2 cup pan drippings in the bottom of the skillet. Return any browned cracklings from the strainer to the skillet before starting the gravy. Place skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour, stirring to avoid lumps. Add milk and stock. Simmer until liquid is thickened and the raw flour taste is gone, about 3 minutes. Stir the gravy up from the bottom frequently, scraping up any browned bits. Season with pepper and salt. Makes about 3 cups.

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