Oklahoma City, OK
Chicken Fried Steak is the official state meal of Oklahoma. If you visit Oklahoma City you’ll be sure to find CFS on the menu of almost every establishment. Most of the recipes I have turned into pizzas to date have been dishes that I have eaten at some point or another. But this pizza presented a different challenge because I’ve never had CFS!
I started by tenderizing bottom round steak. I placed each piece of steak between two pieces of plastic wrap, then pounded them with a rolling pin. This part was pretty fun and kind of cathartic. Next, I sliced the meat into bite sized pieces. In prep for frying the steaks I set up three bowls. The first contained all purpose flour, salt and pepper. The second bowl held one egg and a splash of water. The third bowl held Heart Healthy Bisquick baking mix. I chose Heart Healthy hoping it would make up for some of the frying! I dipped the steak bits in each of the three bowls before I dropped them into a pre-heated pan with canola oil in it. The steak pieces cooked for about three minutes on each side until they were golden brown. When finished, I kept them warm in the toaster oven while I made the gravy.
I used drippings from the steak, whisked in flour and some skim milk. After it had thickened and simmered for about 5 minutes I added a bit of parmesan cheese. To assemble the pizza I spread on the thickened gravy, arranged the bite sized pieces of chicken fried steak, then sprinkled on some more parmesan cheese.
The pizza smelled delicious while baking and it tasted even better. I haven’t eaten at Kentucky Fried Chicken since I was 10. But, I swear the steak had that distinct fried/biscuit flavor that I remember fondly. We made sure to use restraint when eating this pizza so we didn’t overload on the fried goodness of the steak and the hearty gravy, but we definitely enjoyed my chicken fried steak pizza!