Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Salisbury Steak - The Economical Answer to What's for Dinner?
I made this because my friend, Sandy wanted to know if I had a recipe for Salisbury Steak. Well I didn't cause I've never thought of making it. Kind of strange as I've eaten enough of it when Swanson's made it! It actually was delicious and definitely something I would make again.
I started by making large homemade beef patties with about a pound of ground beef, a beaten egg, 3 Tbsp of finely chopped cooking onion, half a cup of fresh breadcrumbs and salt and pepper to taste. I combined all ingredients well and made 4 large patties. 2 went into the freezer for another day and 2 went into a heated pan with a Tbsp of olive oil.
While I was cooking the beef, I chopped up about 10 mushrooms and half a small cooking onion.
Once the patties were almost cooked, I added the mushrooms and onion and cooked til they started to caramelize. I also added a couple of pinches of dried thyme and salt and pepper. If you are cooking all 4 patties, you might want to take them out of the pan while you are cooking the veggies.
Once the vegetables are caramelized, push them to the side and add a Tbsp of flour. Stir to cook the flour and mix it with the veg.
Once the flour is absorbed, add a cup of beef broth and half a cup of red wine. Stir and bring to a boil. Return the patties to the pan now if you took them out. Let the pan simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
I served my Salisbury Steak with a baked potato with sour cream and fresh chives and some lovely peas. This was comfort food at its' best and a very economical meal as well and these days - that is something to smile about.