This one is my son and I favorite dish for brunch and dinner. It is a very common and popular dish in the Southern States. There are many variations of preparing this fried steak and the gravy. There are two ways of serving gravy, one is called country gravy which is just plain cream gravy and the other is creamy sausage gravy, of course, I do not have to explain…with sausages mixture!!
Well, it might take a little more time to prepare this dish but to me it is worth it.
2¼ pounds cubed beef steaks
1½ cup all-purpose flour, reserved
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
3 teaspoons salt, divided
12 large eggs (I prefer brown egg), you can use white too
1½ canola/vegetable/corn oil for frying
1½ cups cold water
1 side dish of your choice like home-fries, hash brown, French fries or mix vegetables
1 portion country gravy (See recipe below)
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons salt, plus more as needed
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 tablespoon unsalted butter
4½ cups whole milk
Heat a large saucepan with butter over medium heat until foaming appears. Lightly sprinkle in the all-purpose flour, pepper, salt and cayenne pepper. Use a wire whisk to combine the flour mixture and cook until a little toasty about 5 minutes. Pour the milk slowly while whisking continuously at the same time. Reduce heat and simmer and whisking occasionally until the mixture has thickened, about 1 minute. Adjust the seasoning at this time, if additional salt and pepper as needed. Keep warm under very low heat.
For the Steak:
Combine water with one and half teaspoon salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add beef steaks in the salted water and soak for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all-purpose flour and remaining salt and black pepper in a mixing flat plate, mix well and set aside.
Heat a large skillet with canola/vegetable/corn oil over medium-high heat.
Remove beef steaks one at a time from water and pat dry a little with a kitchen paper towel and into the flour mixture, coat the beef steak all over with flour.
Carefully, slide the floured beef steaks onto the hot skillet and fry for 12-14 minutes until golden brown, turning 2-3 times. When done transfer to a plate until all the remaining steaks are done.
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook eggs sunny-side up in batches.
In a serving plate, place a piece of country fried steak, baked sweet potato with brown sugar and a side dish of your choice, top the country gravy on the fried steak. Serve.
Note: You can serve this plating as breakfast/lunch by replacing the sweet potato with 2 sunny side up eggs and home fries/French fries/potato wedges/mashed potato.