Chicken Fried Steak w/ Poblano Gravy

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There is this place we go in San Antonio called Lulu’s Bakery and café. It’s a great small diner and I mean small. It’s a must hit place whenever we go. I’ve been to this place more than I could count throughout my childhood. It’s home to their 3lb cinnamon roll, diner burgers and their famous chicken fried steak. You can actually get it half queso and half gravy. It’s really a treat.

So I had a craving for some chicken fried steak, although they are open 24 hours. That 4 hour drive seemed rather unappealing at the time. So I just decided to make it here, at home. With random craving generally some improvisation needs to be handled because I knew for a fact I didn’t have cube steak. But I had some lovely thin ribeye’s. Now, these ribeye’s were perfect for the task. Once I got them out of the package they were kind of hacked so they never make a great steak dinner kind of steak so I knew I was in business. I was going to go the queso and gravy route then thought I’d keep it simple with a poblano gravy. This is exactly what I needed today. Try it out and let me know what you think!


  • 3 Thin Ribeye or Cube steak
  • Canola Oil
  • 2 Eggs + 1Tb Milk, whisked
  • 2c Flour
  • 1Tb Garlic Powder
  • 1tsp Onion Powder
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1Tb Black Pepper
  • 1tsp Smoked Paprika

Poblano Gravy

  • 2 Poblanos, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Small Shallot, minced
  • 2c Half and Half
  • 1tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • 1tsp Black Pepper
  • 2Tb butter
  • 3Tb Flour


  • SEASON/ DREDGE: Season steak with salt and pepper. (If your steak is thick, pound it out a little with a mallet) Coat steak with Egg wash.
  • Season flour with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika. Toss steak in flour and let sit coated for 5 minutes.
  • HEAT Oil: Coat pan with enough oil to shallow fry steak.
  • MAKE GRAVY: In a sauce pan add in butter, once melted sauté poblano, shallot and garlic for about 5 minutes. Coat with flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in half and half and let thicken. Season with onion powder, salt and black pepper. Let thicken while you fry steak.
  • FRY STEAK: Once oil is hot, place steak in and cook for 3-5 minutes. Till Crust is brown.
  • PLATE IT: Serve chicken fried steak over mashed potatoes. Top with poblano gravy and enjoy!

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