Chicken Fried Steak With Cheese Curds and Maple Candied Bacon

Chicken Fried Steak With Cheese Curds and Maple Candied Bacon

Cuisine: American, canadian
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients

The Steaks

  • 3 1/4 lb cube steaks (pre-tenderized)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • oil for frying
  • 200 g cheese curds
  • 1 bag frozen fries cooked to package directions
  • 2 cups bread crumbs

The Gravy

  • 3 tbsp bacon grease (if not enough left from the remaining bacon, supplement with butter)
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/3 cup 35% cream
  • 1 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

The Bacon

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

The Bacon

  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • lay out about 3/4 of the bacon on a foiled baking sheet, brush with half the maple syrup and sprinkle with half the the sugar and brush again to spread the sugar. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes. Turn the strips, brush again and bake another 5-10 minutes.
  • Cook the remaining 1/4lb of bacon in a pan. Eat the bacon, but keep the grease, pouring it into a sauce pot.
  • Crumble the bacon into bits and set aside

The Steaks

  • In a shallow bowl whisk together the milk and eggs. In another shallow bowl add the flour and season with the garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Mix with a fork til combined. In a third shallow bowl add the bread crumbs
  • Fill a skillet with 1/4" of high smoke point oil like canola or vegetable and heat on high til crackling, but not smoking. Fry the steaks one at a time til golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain each steak and set aside on a cooling rack

The gravy

  • Heat the extra bacon grease on a sauce pot, adding any needed additional butter. Whisk in the flour to form a roux then pour in the cream and milk and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil on high then reduce to medium-low and simmer, whisking frequently.

Plating

  • Lay a layer of 1/3 of the fries on a plate, add a steak, top with 1/3 of the cheese curds, gravy and bacon bits.