Many people use the terms "country fried steak" and "chicken fried steak" interchangeably. Well, they are similar but cooked a little different. Country fried steak is dredged in a flour coating, then fried in either a white or brown gravy. Chicken fried steak is deep fried similar to fried chicken and served with a white gravy on the side. It is not cooked in the gravy.
This was my mom's favorite recipe but she always insisted on the gravy being on the side. This recipe is one of the best for turning an inexpensive cut of meat into a tender, flavorful dish.