For the steaks:
6 pieces cube steak, about 2 pounds
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup all purpose flour, divided use
25 saltine crackers, crushed
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Eggland’s Best eggs
1/3 cup milk
vegetable oil or shortening
For the sawmill gravy:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 to 2 cups whole milk
For the steaks: If your cubed steak is more than 1/2” thick, you’ll want to pound it out until thin. This will provide additional tenderizing as well as allowing for more even cooking.
Season cubed steaks lightly with salt and pepper.
On a plate, place 1/2 cup flour – set aside. In a shallow bowl, mix remaining 1/2 cup flour, saltine cracker crumbs, seasoned salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
In another shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and 1/3 cup milk.
Dredge cubed steak in flour…then dip in egg mixture…and then finally coat with saltine cracker mixture.
Continue the same procedure for the rest of the steaks and place them on a large baking sheet.
Heat about 1/2-inch vegetable or shortening in a large pan (preferably cast iron) over medium heat.
Note: I prefer shortening for these but use the oil you prefer.
Cook steak in 2 batches for about 5 minutes per side. Continue with the rest of the steaks.
Remove steaks to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain excess oil.
For the sawmill gravy: Once steaks are finished cooking, remove excess oil from the pan (leaving about 1/4 cup remaining). Add 1/4 cup flour to the pan.
Whisk and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in milk and cook until thick.
Whisk constantly and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Pour gravy over steaks.