How Chicken Fried Steak Is Similar To Classic Schnitzel

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Like any dish, it’s hard to pin down the exact origins of chicken fried steak. Some accounts claim it was invented by a short-order cook in Lamesa, Texas, and others that it came more directly from German immigrants, but there is not much doubt it was influenced by German cuisine. In the 19th century, thousands of immigrants from Germany came over to Texas, forming a “German Belt,” from the Gulf Coast to Texas Hill Country. Pork and veal may have been the schnitzel meats of choice back home, but Texas, even back then, was cattle country, and beef was abundant. Cuts of beef eventually supplanted other meats in schnitzel, and using similar methods like pounding to tenderize the beef, chicken fried steak was born.

There are regional differences in Texas’ chicken fried steak, some more similar to schnitzel than others. East Texas uses an egg and flour batter that feels the closest to fried chicken. Central Texas uses eggs and bread crumbs, which is how schnitzel is usually made in Germany. West Texas does away with the egg and opts to pan-fry the steak. No matter how it’s prepared, like schnitzel, chicken fried steak is a way to help cheaper, less desirable cuts of meat taste good, so it should be made with something like round steak. Like schnitzel, there is no one right way to make it, but the spirit should stay the same.

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