Vegan Chicken Fried Steak
I can't think of anything more comforting than a fried burger topped with country gravy, can you?
Yes, I finally Deep Fried a Burger! Then I topped it with some Country Gravy!
If you’re not familiar with Chicken Fried Steak, it’s essentially a steak that’s been deep fried in the same way people deep fry those poor chickens. Hence the name Country Fried Steak! It’s super indulgent and 𝘊𝘖𝘔𝘍𝘖𝘙𝘛𝘐𝘕𝘎 as expected. I know I’ve said this before, but one thing that I love about eating the plant-based version of these kinds of dishes is I can indulge in something like this and not feel like total crap for the next 4 hours. In fact, I feel great!
Whenever I make country gravy, I like to make leftovers so I can use it again the next day (or later that same day if I’m on a bender). This is also a great dish to make if you have leftover mashed potatoes and gravy as well!
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And obviously you don't have to put it on two buns like I did, you can serve it up traditional style with some mashed potatoes and green beans! Do whatever you like!
A few tips for Fried Chick'n (Steak):
Get a deep fry thermometer. You can use a different one if you fry in a pan, but for my money, the deep fry thermometer has been a big help. I like to fry at 375 degrees.
Use a cooling rack after frying. The reason for this is, if you just put your chick'n on a plate, or paper towel, it's gonna steam itself and get soft. With a wire rack, it'll stay crispy.
Don't use olive oil to fry. You need to use something with a high smoke point, I usually fry with peanut oil, but vegetable or canola work fine too!
If the recipe calls for a vegan buttermilk, really let the plant-milk and vinegar sit for a good 5 -10 minutes. I have found that different plant-milks will thicken more or less. I personally use Ripple most times, and it works the best. You really want the wet mixture to be thick enough that it will stick to the chick'n and bind the breading. If it's not thick enough, add some more vinegar.
Shake off the excess flour and batter when you dredge.
Make sure you press the flour into the chick'n so it sticks!
And lastly, one thing I like to do is take a fork and dip it in the wet mixture, then flick it in the dry mix a few times and then whisk that together. That will help you get more craggly texture!
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Makes 4-6 Chick'n Fried Steaks
Country Fried Steak
1 pound plant-based meat
5 - 7 ounces of jackfruit
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Few shakes of black pepper
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp white pepper
1 - 2 tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
1 cup unsweetened plant milk
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup flour (more as needed)
1/4 cup butter
4 Tbsp flour
2 cups unsweetened plant milk
Salt & pepper to taste
To make the steaks, steam the jackfruit for 10 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, chop or shred the jackfruit. Discard seeds if desired.
In a bowl, combine jackfruit, plant-based meat, and spices.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form your steak patties. I was able to get two medium sized and two large sized steaks. Once your patties are formed, add the baking sheet to a freezer for one hour.
To make your dredging station, simply combine the dry batter ingredients in one bowl, and your wet batter ingredients in another. For the wet, you want it to be a thin pancake batter consistency, so add flour or liquid as needed.
Bring a pot of neutral oil such as vegetable, peanut, or canola up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once oil is up to temperature, dredge your steak patties in the dry batter, making sure to coat thoroughly and shaking off the excess, and then into the wet batter, also coating well and shaking off the excess, and then back into the dry batter one last time. Carefully add to the oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Let cool on a wire rack. You can also keep them warm on a wire rack lined baking sheet in the oven set to 250 degrees Fahrenheit while you make the gravy.
To make the gravy, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Once melted, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time and whisk in between each tablespoon. Once all flour has been whisked in, cook for 1 minute to get the raw flour taste out, and then slowly add the unsweetened plant milk, whisking the entire time to avoid lumps.
After the milk has been whisked in, reduce to desired consistency. I simmered mine for about 6 minutes or so. Then season with black pepper and salt to taste!
For a sandwich, toast some burger buns, add some dill pickles (yes, it’s so good!) then add your chicken fried steak and ladle on a healthy portion of that gravy, top with some chopped chives, the top bun and dig in!