Salisbury Steak, A Blast From My Past


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.


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.


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.


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



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

5 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.

  3. My hubby had a sore shoulder today. So we wouldn’t starve I had to cook something for dinner. Your Salisbury steak recipe rescued us! Turned out delicious! We added extra garlic, salt, and pepper….and a little hot sauce for dipping.

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