Chicken-Fried Steak Tips
What is the difference between country-fried steak and chicken-fried steak?
Many people use the terms interchangeably, so there is no guaranteed difference when you’re comparing this to a country-fried steak recipe
. Some Southerners may differentiate the two by their gravies: chicken-fried steak is typically served with a milk-based gravy, while country-fried steak often has a beef-based gravy (or a gravy made with both beef broth and dairy). That’s not universal, though—Cracker Barrel serves its country-fried steak with sawmill gravy, which is made with milk. (We have a similar recipe, as well as other Cracker Barrel copycat recipes
What is the best cut of meat for chicken-fried steak?
Tough and cheap cuts of steak
like cubed steak or round steak work best. Cubed steaks are from the round, and they’ve already been pounded with a tenderizing mallet at the butcher. You can tenderize your own round steaks at home by buying thin steaks, covering them with plastic wrap and beating them with a mallet to achieve roughly a 1/4-inch thickness.
Do you wash cubed steak before cooking?
No, there’s no need to wash cubed steak before cooking.
Can chicken-fried steak be a little pink?
Yes, it’s safe for chicken-fried steak to be a little pink. The thinner your steak, the faster it will cook, though. So by the time you get a nice golden brown exterior, your steak might already be cooked through. Research contributed by