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Chicken Fried Steak with green beans and gravy



1 14 ounce t-bone steaks, seasoned evenly with 1 pinch of salt and 1 pinch of pepper each

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons onion powder

5 eggs, beaten

2 pinches salt

2 pinches pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup duck fat

green beans

2 cups green beans, sliced down the middle, vertically, in half

½ shallot, very small-diced

4 cloves roasted garlic

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon duck fat

1 teaspoon minced parsley


½ cup leftover and used chicken flour

⅓ cup chicken stock

1 teaspoon minced parsley

2 slices butter



1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.   Obtain 2 separate bowls, or small-rimmed  baking dishes (both the size of the steak)

3.   In one pan add the whisked eggs, 1 pinch of salt and 1 pinch of pepper

4.   In a separate pan evenly mix flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper

5.    Heat duck fat in skillet to 350 degrees

6.   Coat steak with egg wash on all sides

7.   with tongs transfer steak to flour “pan” and coat on all sides with flour *reserve used flour right after for gravy*

8.   place steak in hot duck fat until golden brown on both sides then transfer to oven until desired doneness

9.   serve topped with a spoon full of gravy or more

Green beans

1.    bring duck fat to medium-high heat in large skillet

2.   caramelize shallot in duck fat

3.   once caramelized, add all other ingredients and stir until green beans are fork tender

4.   salt and pepper to taste

5.    serve on side steak


1.    In medium saucepan, whisk or stir with a “roux spoon” flour, butter and chicken stock

2.   constantly stir and scrape sides down until golden-blonde colored

3.   stir in more chicken stock if roux gets too “dry” or “clumpy”

4.   whisk in other ingredients once roux is finished, then remove immediately from heat

5.    serve on chicken fried steak.

Meet the Guest Stars
Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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