Aug 262013

Chicken Fried Steak With Cream Cheeese Mashed Potatoes

I’ve always wanted to make chicken fried steak all of my life and finally in my late 40’s I did just that this last winter. And it was an absolute total success it was some of the best chicken fried steak and cream cheese mashed potatoes ever. Of course I went to my go-to lady The Pioneer Woman for help.

It’s amazing how Ree Drummond of the The Food Network walks you through, literally step by step,  on  how to make her delicious recipes with photos for each step. And the most amazing thing is after every anticipated “difficult” recipe I’ve made afterwards I was gleaming with joy, and said, “I did that and it wasn’t that hard at all!” This was yet another example of that as you only need very tenderized cube steaks, milk, eggs, flour, salt, pepper and canola oil. That’s it! Now you can make the best chicken fried steak and cream cheese mashed potatoes.

I had started to head in the direction of chicken fried steak and gravy when I made the best homeade sausage biscuits and gravy ever here.

I retrieved my old cast iron skillet that I somehow (thank you Internet) brought it back to life from the rust I had nearly killed it with. They are incredibly resilient. I turned on the stove to medium and heated up some canola oil and had a production line of cube steaks, flour and egg wash. Just like she says in the recipe its wet mixture/dry mixture/wet mixture/dry mixture. And the mixture is preseasoned with the salt and pepper and the wet mixture with hot sauce. I love Cholula sauce.

After all of the steaks are cooked you will pour almost all of the oil out except for a bit and add flour and milk, stirring the roux until it becomes a heavenly thick, creamy gravy. And some of the breading will have broken off from steaks and be in the pan. That is a great thing for the gravy! I have mentioned in previous posts that I’m careful not to overseason dishes and especially meats where it’s really unnecessary. But, I agree wholeheartedly when The Pioneer Woman admonishes the reader to not undersalt the gravy. Here is her Chicken Fried Steak recipe.

And for a side dish I made Ree Drummond’s creamy, cream cheese mashed potatoes which are just what that describes. They are the creamiest mashed potatoes ever, very rich, and easy to make as you read here with her Creamy Mashed Potatoes recipe.

I had made sure the cube steaks were extra tenderized after I requested the butcher at the store to do that for me. The aroma of the entire plate of food had been wafting through the entire house.  Each bite had an intoxicatingly wonderful, perfectly seasoned crunch on the outside and that super tender meat within. The gravy was so rich and deep with flavor. The mashed potatoes were just that. Perfectly whipped, yet amped up ten fold with butter, half and half and cream cheese. And I had successfully made the best chicken fried steak and cream cheese mashed potatoes.

Do you like chicken fried steak? And what is the best chicken fried steak you’ve ever had?

This is a part of Inside Journey’s blog hop at her Foodie Tuesday link here! Check out it!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  40 Responses to “The Best Chicken Fried Steak And Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes”

  1. I checked out The Pioneer Woman site, looks awesome!! I’ve never double breaded my steaks before, but will now. Thanks

    • Hi Connie, yes that woman is a saint! I was sooo darn proud of that dish, specifically the chicken fried steak! 🙂

  2. And what did Phoenix have for dinner? Same old. Same old?

    I was afraid my biped mama was going to drool on her laptop while she read this post. She put herself back on Weight Watchers last Wednesday.

    Your Phurry Philly Phriend,

    • Hi Dino! It’s great to hear from you! Yes, Phoenix had his same ol’ salmon food. I hope you’re doing great my adorably cute, little, white furry friend! 🙂 Phoenix was home alone today when a 4.2 earthquake hit here in Reno. No fun!

  3. Chicken fried steak is my absolute favorite! But its a treat we allow ourselves only once in a while – the thought of making it never crossed my mind (nor does Pioneer Woman’s recipe make me want to – creature comforts come into play here). On our Thanksgiving Day road trip to Arizona last year from the snow covered Northwest Mountains we opted for chicken fried steak for our T-Day dinner on our overnight stop in Jackpot, Nevada. The turkey lost out but we hit the jackpot! It was a treat ~ I’ll keep it that way by only having it on road trips. Great post.

    • Thank you, Jackie! Like you said it is also one of my favorites too. I love your story on Jackpot, Nevada. That was always our stopping point for our vacation trip from Reno to Yellowstone each year! 🙂

  4. Another recipe that has me wanting to go devout a bunch if yummy food! Love chicken fried steak! Probably has crawled into my top 5 favorite breakfast meals!

  5. A friend from Texas once made me chicken-fried steak. Your post brings back memories!

    • I’ve heard everything is bigger and better in Texas, Irene! So, I bet it was fantastic 🙂

  6. Wow, that looks oh so good, and mash potatoes with cream cheese how nice and decadent!

    • Thank you Noel, I’m getting there! Just a little bit better each time even though that was earlier this year 🙂

  7. I had chicken fried steak today at the Atlantis. Then I see yours. Just not fair.

  8. I’ve never even heard of chicken fried steak. It looks delicious, especially the mashed potatoes. Do you know why it’s called that?

    • Great comment and question, Marcia! I actually spent about 15 minutes just now after reading your question. I read real quick on the history of the mashed potato. As best I could tell it goes back to 17th or 18th century and came about as an accident! Thank you having me read up, that was fun! 🙂

  9. I have never heard of chicken fried steak either – though we do have crumbed chicken schnitzels and turkey schnitzels. I have an old cast iron skillet pan too, given to us for a wedding present years and years ago. It is still going strong, and is great for browing meat for a casserole.
    Have a great week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

    • Hi Jill, I only know schnitzels from what I’ve seen on tv and from a breading standpoint I would say it’s very similar! Yes, those cast iron skillets are pretty amazing. I’m still learning to “make friends” with mine in the kitchen…ha, ha. Great to hear from you 🙂

  10. Well, I have never had chicken fried chicken, but after reading this I am drooling on the keyboard. and those mashed potatoes sound out of this world!

    • Hi Nanice! This ended up being quite an interesting food post for me to find out how many people had either not heard of or had chicken fried steak! Yes, the mashed potatoes were absolutely delicious too 🙂

  11. I’m sure Phoenix was drooling for a bite of this! You always make the most comforting dishes.

    • Thank you for the compliment Dana! And, that is funny, because yes Phoenix is always very nearby giving me the stare 🙂

  12. Yum! I haven’t had Chicken Fried Steak in so long and these look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes. i don’t think I’ve ever had cream cheese mashed potatoes but they sound easy enough to make and sound great. Job well done, Mike.

    • Thank you, Mary, I appreciate your compliment! The Pioneer Woman recipes are always super easy that’s why she’s my favorite to replicate

  13. I’m not a foodie. In fact, I hate cooking and am quite picky when it comes to what I’ll eat. But every time I see your posts, my mouth waters!!! I think your blog might have to become my new personal cookery book!

    • Wow, what a huge compliment Arianwen!! Thank you so much for that! I’ve mentioned before that writing the food posts (and continually seeing the pictures) have me wanting to about gnaw my arm off by the time I’m done…ha, ha 🙂

  14. Oh, Yes!
    Pure, Wonderful Comfort Food. Mmmmmmm

    • Hi My Inner Chick, it’s interesting that I didn’t realize how much comfort food I do end up cooking! 🙂

  15. Gaaahhhh your description of this dish is making me almost drool! I have never made Pioneer Woman’s recipes as of yet, but I know that just by looking at them they’re all a success. 😀

    • Hi Ellie! Yes, she makes the most amazing things for her ranch family. And I do enjoy not only replicating them but learning more and more about cooking 🙂 Great to hear from you!

  16. You are quite the cook aren’t you, Mike? I love chicken-fried steak, but maybe not so thrilled about the gravy. I never cook with salt and I don’t like salty food much. But hey, I suppose I could be convinced. It sure looks good.

    • Well, I don’t know if I’m quite the cook yet, Cathy 🙂 But, I sure give it a 100% effort! And I absolutely love it and enjoy constantly improving. I keep surprising myself at what I continue to learn. Nothing 5 star yet but it sure does eat good. Ironically, I rarely use salt either. And thank you for the compliment! 🙂

  17. I never had chicken-fried steak, I think it’s just not common in Europe maybe. After reading your post I for sure want one, so I’ll definitely try out that recipe although I’m a disaster in the kitchen.

    • Hi Freya! From what it appears through all of the comments is that it is a very American dish?? If you want a hearty dish this is one of many that can do the trick. Btw…my experience has been that women who say they are a disaster in the kitchen are actually amazing excellent cooks but too critical of their cooking! 🙂 🙂

  18. Your chicken fried steak looks amazing but brings back bad memories of last year for me. I tried making chicken fried steak for the first time and burnt my arm up with splashing oil. The mealed ended up tasting good as well but I’ve been scared to make it again.

    • Oh ouch, Krystle! I’m sorry that happened. That would be no fun getting burned so I totally understand you being apprehensive to make it again. I’ve learned to work very slowly and carefully around oil. And I learned from watching cooks on tv to always lay any meat,etc into the oil away from you. Meaning to the backend of the product goes into the oil is fartheest away from. Good luck and be careful! 🙂

  19. I remember the first time I had Chicken Fried Steak. It was one of those moments in history that you’ll always remember where you where and what you were doing. Well, I remember where I was, how old I was, and who I was at dinner with…

    I remember thinking, “Why the #$%^!!@! didn’t my parents ever tell me about this yummy as a kid?!”

    I’ve never even considered making it myself. Thanks Mike, now I just might!

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