Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak is a savory dish made with seasoned ground beef and smothered in a delicious onion and mushroom gravy. It’s a snap to make, and produces leftovers that are just as good the next day.
Ingredients for Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak:
I used the following ingredients: Ground beef, onions, unsalted butter, plain bread crumbs, egg, salt, freshly ground black pepper, thyme, fresh mushrooms, all-purpose flour, chicken broth, tomato paste, and Madeira. Ordinarily, I would have used beef broth, but didn’t have any. The chicken broth, however, worked fine.
Making the Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak:
First, I sautéed about a cup of chopped onions in some in unsalted butter over medium heat until the onions softened. This took about 5 minutes. After letting the onions cool a bit, I added them to the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, and thyme. Then, I mixed all of the ingredients together using a potato masher. I could have also used my hands to combine all of the ingredients. However, I learned the trick of using a potato masher from the Master Taste Tester!
When the meat mixture was combined, I shaped it into four 1/2-inch Salisbury Steak patties. Each one weighed around 6 ounces.
I heated some butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Then, I added the steak patties, and cooked them until they were well browned on both sides. This took about 5 minutes per side. I transferred the patties to a paper towel lined plate while I proceeded with the gravy.
Making the Gravy:
First, I combined the chicken broth and tomato paste in a mixing cup, and set it aside.
I added the rest of the butter to the 12-inch skillet, and cooked the remaining onions until they were softened. This took about 5 minutes. Then, I added the mushrooms, and cooked them on medium-high for 3 to 4 minutes until they were browned, and the liquid had evaporated. Next, I reduced the heat to medium, and added the flour. I stirred to combine everything. Then, I added the chicken broth mixture, and Madeira, and cooked the gravy over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it had thickened.
I returned the patties to the skillet, and spooned the gravy over them. Then, I covered the skillet, and simmered the patties over medium-low heat until they were fully cooked. This took about 15 minutes.
I served the Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak smothered in an onion and mushroom gravy, with mashed potatoes and green peas. Because it was just the two of us, I refrigerated the leftovers and served them for dinner the next night. They were just as delicious! Yum!
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- 1 pound (16 ounces) 93% lean ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 3/4 cup low sodium beef broth may also use chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup thinly sliced onions
- 12 ounces fresh mushrooms cleaned and sliced thin
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup Madeira or port
- Sauté chopped onion in 1 tablespoon melted butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool for 15 minutes.
- Combine ground beef, sautéed onions, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and thyme in large bowl. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties and transfer to parchment-lined plate.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties until well browned, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towel lined plate.
- Combine broth and tomato paste in a measuring cup or bowl. Set aside.
- Add onion and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to empty skillet and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook over medium-high heat until mushrooms are browned and liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium. Stir in flour and cook until well combined, about 2 minutes. Slowly stir in broth mixture and Madeira. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Return patties to skillet, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Correct seasonings and serve.
- Yield: 4 servings.