Cube steak was on sale at the grocery store, so I picked some up… Then I had to figure out whatnot do with it!! All the recipes I found were basically for chicken fried steak which did not sound the least but appealing to me! Then I came upon this recipe which at least looked interesting! I thought it was just ok. Too heavy for my liking. The husband seemed to like it. I served it with mashed potatoes.
adapted from food network
2 cups pretzels
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 cube steaks
1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, minced (about 1/3 cup)
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
1 teaspoon soy sauce
oil, for frying
For the steaks: Process the pretzels in a food processor until fine. Grab 3 shallow bowls. In one, whisk together the eggs and milk. In another, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, ground coriander, and ground cumin. Pour the pretzel crumbs into the last bowl. Save 2 tablespoons of the flavored flour for the gravy.
Make yourself an assembly line: dip 1 steak on both sides in the flavored flour, making sure it’s well coated, but dust off the excess. Then dip it quickly in the egg and lift, allowing the excess to drain back into the bowl. Finally, dunk both sides in the pretzel crumbs. Repeat with remaining steaks. Place the coated steaks on a sheet tray fitted with a cooling rack and let the steaks rest for 15 minutes to let the coating adhere to the meat.
For the gravy: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add the onions and a pinch salt. Sweat until the onions are translucent and softened. Add the reserved 2 tablespoons of flavored flour and cook a few minutes until the flour no longer smells raw. Add the stock, orange marmalade, and soy sauce. Stir, so that no lumps form, and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce thickens to a gravy consistency, 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and re-season, if necessary.
In a large cast iron skillet, add enough oil to coat bottom. Heat it over medium heat until shimmering; you’ll know the oil is hot enough when a pinch of flour sizzles upon contact with the oil. Line a sheet tray with paper towels and place a cooling rack on top.
Gently lay the steaks into the oil; you may have to do this in batches. Cook each side until golden, about 3 minutes. When both sides are cooked, lay the steaks on the paper towel-lined sheet tray and pop into the oven to keep warm while you do the next batch.
Serve the steaks with gravy spooned over the top.