Simple Salisbury steak recipes are easy to find. The trick is to find a simple Salisbury steak recipe – or prepare one – that delivers a big flavor punch from the thick, rich beef gravy and the caramelized onions amd mushrooms. Every bite of meat must be coated in gravy!
It’s July 4th so why am I thinking about easy salisbury steak recipes? I blame the weather. The calendar says it is Independence Day but the weather looks more like a gloomy day in Fall. The sky is steely grey and it is raining. Comfort food – that’s what we need today because it’s that kind of a day.[yellowbox]Salisbury Steak is one of the most popular ready made entrées found in supermarkets.
There is my recipe for a quick and easy Salisbury steak recipe (made with meatloaf blend of beef, veal, pork plus lamb ground meats) and there is also the recipe for Salisbury Steaks from Blue Apron© I came across early this morning. Just viewing their page made me hungry for this simple and easy dinner.
Love the way their cookbook presents recipes for home chefs in a methodical sequence – first listing the ingredients and then photos of various steps in the preparation of the recipe.
Very appetizing and easy to display on a tablet. So much for written recipes and cookbooks. You can identify those cookbooks I use most often by the number of splattered pages. 🙂
Particularly pleasing to the taste buds is to see that the Blue Apron© version of the recipe includes diced onions in the meat mixture which is the way I make my regular hamburgers. They also use garlic which I add to just about all ground meat combinations.
I was pleased to see that they used a blend of beef and lamb. Ground lamb is considerably more expensive than ground beef or meat loaf combination packs but even the addition of just one other meat to the beef adds a layer of flavor.
Tomato paste is the only ingredient I have never in simple Salisbury steak recipes. I do make a tomato based sauce when making Italian style veal patties in a very similar recipe.
Every recipe I’ve prepared for Salisbury steak is based on the recipe below found in a newspaper years ago.
Ever so often, those pantry staples you would swear are on the shelf…are not. Sacré bleu! No prepared bread crumbs? Not a problem. I took two slices of rosemary & olive oil bread and ran them through a mini food processorwith the fresh garlic cloves. And…because I was running short on prep time, I did not bother to whisk the eggs. I just cracked them and into the mixture they went. I am quite certain these two steps did not harm the recipe in anyway.
Sometimes, I add finely diced onions to the meat mixture leaving only the mushrooms as part of the gravy.
At other times, I sauté the onions along with the mushrooms to create the rich sauce. Regardless of the method, in preparing simple Salibury steak recipes what you are looking for are tender and juicy meat patties smothered in a thick rich gravy.
The gravy tastes so good ladled over mashed potatoes but we also love to dip our French fries in the sauce! Today, we opted for fresh egg noodles.
I accomplish the tender meat patty by barely handling the meat mixture, and slow browning over medium heat.
When the diced onions are in the meat, they cook thoroughly during the cooking period and those in contact with the pan surface caramelize easily.
When the onions are caramelized in butter, followed by the mushrooms, then the meat is browned in a pan coated with incredible flavor! All those brown bits just add to the rich flavor.
You would like an even faster method for simple Salisbury steak recipes? You are going to have to put your hand in the ground beef and shape the patties but this version is yummy too.
- Drain (reserve the liquid) a large can of mushroom stems and pieces – or find ready made mushroom gravy!
- Plain ground beef mixed with an envelope of Lipton’s© Onion Soup mix. (1 pound of meat per envelope)
- Pour 1/2 cup of water over the meat and seasonings.
- Mix well and shape into patties.
- Brown evenly over medium heat as if you were preparing hamburgers.
- Reduce the heat, add the reserved mushroom liquid to the pan.
- Cover and simmer for about 15 mintes.
- Pour a jar(or two) or prepared beef gravy over the meat patties and heat through for about 10 more minutes.
- Did you remember to buy the tub of garlic mashed potatoes?
- Dinner could not get on the table much quicker than this unless someone else is doing the cooking.
Whet your appetite yet? I am officially hungry!
Bottom line? Take this opportunity to cook enough for a couple freezer meals. Bring out that vintage “harvest gold” or shiny new electric skillet you don’t get to use nearly often enough.
Rain or shine, Fall or the Fourth, simple Salisbury steak recipes are the ultimate comfort food and make everything right again.
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