Salisbury Steak, A Blast From My Past

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My mother would occasionally treat me to a stop at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. I would order Salisbury Steak. In retrospect, it was awful, a bland hunk of formed beef in gravy made
out of powder. However, it is a fond memory.

Here is my version of a Salisbury Steak with some flavour added.

The ingredients are:

1 egg, beaten
175 ml/2/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
175 ml/2/3 cup onion fine chopped
15 ml/1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 ml/1/4 tsp salt
3 ml/1/2 tsp black pepper
700g/1 1/2 pound ground beef
25 ml/2 tbsp butter or margarine
250 ml/1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 onion, cut lengthwise and sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ml/1/4 tsp dried thyme
25 ml/2 tbsp flour
375 ml/1 2/3 cups beef stock, room temperature
15 ml/1 tbsp ketchup

Mix the beef, egg, bread crumbs, finely chopped onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper well. Form it into four oval shapes about 1/2 inch thick.

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Preheat an oiled fry pan to high heat. Brown the steaks until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes a side. Remove from the fry pan and set aside.

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Reduce heat to medium. Add two tablespoons butter to melt. Add sliced onions, mushrooms and garlic. Stir occasionally until the onions just start to colour, 6 or 7 minutes. Sprinkle flour  and thyme over the onion mixture and stir for 3 to 5 minutes, just until the flour starts to colour. Slowly stir in room temperature beef stock. If the stock is not at room temperature, the sauce may lump. Stir in 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Bring to a boil and add steak back into gravy.
Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes.

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Put the steaks on a platter and spoon gravy over the top.

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The Verdict

This is a simple dish with a wonderful onion-mushroom gravy. It is comfort food which is perfect on a cold day. Even kids will love this.

If you would like to see it, here is a video of me making this dish.

The Old Fat Guy

4 thoughts on “Salisbury Steak, A Blast From My Past”

  1. The only Salisbury Steak I remember eating was in our school cafeteria. There would be no interest in eating that at home. Your recipe looks great. Time to give Salisbury Steak a try. My hubby would love this.

  2. This looks awesome – I still love Salisbury Steak! I also remember it from school – Elementary School lunches! I don’t even want to know what they were feeding us back then – but it was good 🙂 I’ve made it a couple times the past few years and the family loves it. I’ve even fancied it up once or twice. It’s an easy, tasty and versatile meal!

    1. I am farther from my youth than you but amongst my earliest memories are meals with the family including old stand by recipes like this. Easy is good sometimes.

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