Chicken-Fried Steak Recipe
Historians are divided on the origins of chicken-fried steak – some trace it to German settlers in the Texas Hill Country, others to trailblazing chuckwagon cooks. Most agree authentic versions involve tenderized beef steak that's breaded, fried, and blanketed with a pepper cream gravy. This recipe ticks all the right boxes, including a golden cracker crumb crust that considerably ups the crunch factor.
Recipe Revival: Southern Classics Reinvented for Modern Cooks (2016; Time Inc. Books)