I used The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Fried Steak recipe from her cookbook. It's a pretty basic recipe that I probably could have done with out the cookbook, but the last time I made chicken fried steak (years and years ago) it didn't turn out very good. The breading is just flour, seasoning salt, pepper, Cayenne pepper and paprika, but it still yields a great flavor with the steak. It was nice to have her gravy recipe. I make gravy for Thanksgiving and a few other times a year, but it still intimidates me when I make it. I am always worried it will turn out lumpy or bland. NOTE: You must season your gravy with salt and probably lots of it or it will be super bland, that's what I have learned. You're welcome. So after adequate seasoning the gravy was perfect as were the mashed potatoes. I prefer to use Yukon Gold Potatoes for mashed potatoes, but only had Idaho on hand and they did turn out really good. I also use a potato ricer to make my potatoes, then I don't have to worry about lumps!
My only complaint about the chicken fried steak was that is was a little tough. I am blaming the meat, it was tenderized, but I should have probably beat on it some more to help it out a little.
Here's the finished product: