When thinking about the next dish I wanted to tackle, I went back to my recipe collection of what I had done while I was at school. I came across my recipe for salisbury steak and decided to give it a shot. It was a relatively simple recipe, didn’t require too much time and, from what I remembered, tasted great when I made it the first time. This recipe only takes 30 – 40 minutes from prep to plate.
~ 1/2 egg
~ 4 tbsp bread crumbs
~ 12 fl oz. condensed cream of mushroom soup (regular soup will also do fine)
~ 2 or 3 tbsp finely chopped onion
~ 1 lb. ground beef
~ 1/4 cup milk
~ 1/2 tsp soy sauce
~ 1/4 tsp salt
~ 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
The first part of this recipe is preparing the ground beef patties for browning on the stove. Now, half an egg might sound like a curious measurement for a recipe, but the key thing here is that there can’t be too much egg in the meat, or otherwise it would fall apart. Just take an egg, beat it, and then save half for another time (maybe an omelette or something?) With the egg in a larger bowl, mix in the bread crumbs, about 1/4 cup of the soup (2 fl oz.), the onion, and the ground beef. Combine that all together, whether it be with your hands or some kitchen utensils. Shape the meat into four even patties and remember to flatten them out a little bit (the meat will shrink when it cooked, so you want to make sure you don’t end up with a cooked patty the size of a hockey puck). Put the prepared patties aside and set to work on making the sauce. Combine the milk, soy sauce, salt, mushrooms, and remainder of the soup all into one bowl and mix well. Once that’s finished, put that aside as well.
Heat up a large nonstick skillet with a bit of oil and place all four patties into the skillet. Brown both sides on medium-high heat, cooking for maybe 1 – 2 minutes per side. Once both sides are done, pour your prepared sauce into the skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Once the time’s finished, you can serve your salisbury steak by itself with a side of veggies or perhaps over a bed of rice. Either option is great; the meat is nice and juicy and the flavors are all there. A great dish to make if you want to whip something together expeditiously.