Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy

By Bonnie Stern
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Salisbury steak is a perfect old-fashioned comfort food. It is essentially meatballs braised in onion mushroom gravy but the ground meat mixture is shaped into a round or oval patty to make it look more like steak. It was invented by Dr. James Salisbury in the mid 1800's. He was sure that protein was necessary for the health of troops in battle and this recipe used ingredients were inexpensive and easily available. My nephew, Charles Krangle, who was in the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, told me they were often served ground meat dishes there too.  Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles. 

SERVES
4

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon each soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha or other hot sauce, optional
  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground chicken)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (eg panko) (3/4 cup if using ground chicken)

Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound brown (cremimi) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken or beef stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Combine egg, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and sriracha. Add ground beef and breadcrumbs. Combine well. Shape mixture into four patties about four inches across and 1/2" thick. 
  2. Heat oil in a large non stick skillet. Cook patties about three minutes per side until well-browned. Remove from pan. Discard all but two or three tablespoons of fat in the pan. Add onions and cook 10 to 15 minutes until browned. Add mushrooms and cook another ten minutes or until mushrooms brown and any liquid has evaporated. 
  3. Sprinkle mushrooms with flour and cook about a two minutes until browned. Add stock, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and cook a few minutes until well combined.
  4. Add patties back to pan, spooning sauce, onions and mushrooms over them. Cover and cook gently 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through. Season to taste. Serve 'steaks' with gravy, onions and mushrooms with mashed potatoes, noodles or rice. Sprinkle with parsley.

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