Let me share one of my family favorites with you. It’s a simple meat dish but everyone in my family loves it. Not one complaint when I make it. It’s not hard to make and you can also cook it ahead and heat it up just prior to serving. It’s actually Salisbury Steak but my kids just call it Hamburger steak & gravy.
I usually consider this to be one of my winter rotation meals but, I’ll be making this in the summer too. And, I don’t mind. It’s just that good. Plus, it’s one of the few recipes everyone in my family loves.
Ingredients (for the meat mixture)
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (plus 1/4 cup water)
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. beef bouillon
Ingredients (for the gravy)
1 to 2 tsp veg. oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cups beef broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp cornstarch (plus 1/4 cup cold water)
Mix breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup water. In a medium sized bowl, mix breadcrumbs, hamburger, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon. Honestly, you need to get those hands right in there to mix everything thoroughly. I personally, have started using disposable kitchen gloves for these types of jobs. Once everything is well mixed, make 6 patties.
Heat frying pan on medium high, and add hamburger patties. Unless you have a HUGE pan, like I do, you may have to cook in two batches. I normally under cook meat just a bit because it will finish cooking in the gravy (yummmm!). Place the burger patties on a plate and set aside.
I take a couple of paper towels and wipe out the meat grease.
Then add about 2 teaspoons of oil (like a vegetable oil). Add sliced onions and cook until the onions are very tender and browned. Can I tell you I’m not a huge onion fan. And my kids can’t stand onions. BUT, in this recipe, you need them. They are the catalyst to amazing gravy flavor!
Add 2 cups beef stock, and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce to onions. Keep meet on a low/medium heat to keep gravy at a gentle simmer.
In a small bowl, add about 1/4 cup cold water. Add 1 heaping tsp corn starch into the cold water and stir vigorously. Add this into the beef stock mixture and stir well. Using the cold water with the corn starch is what prevents your gravy from being lumpy. No one likes lumpy gravy!
Simmer for another couple of minutes and your gravy will start to thicken. Add the beef patties back into the pan and simmer a couple of minutes on each side in the gravy. If your kids don’t like onions, don’t let them see the onions in the gravy!
Serve with your favorite vegetable. Mashed potatoes are wonderful with this. Hint, it’s the gravy! Just make sure you hide those onions! Enjoy!
Do you have a recipe that everyone in your family loves? Please share!
Inspired by Ree Drummond’s recipe, Salisbury Steak.
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