"For I was hungry & you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink..."

Matthew 25:35

Friday, March 4, 2011

Salisbury Steaks

so, i wanted Salisbury Steaks like nothing else- i searched the internet for a recipe that sounded good- but they were all kind of just...meh. so i went through a stack of Pampered Chef recipe cards & found one that i figured i could work with.

i changed it. a lot. and it turned out pretty good. there are some addtl changes that i will make next time but i'll go over those at the end. here's what i did last night.

Salisbury Steaks (1st edition)

2 slices potato bread (crust removed & cubed very small)
1 tblsp onion powder
1/2 tblsp dried parsley
1 tsp minced garlic
1 egg
1 tblsp tomato paste
1 tblsp onion soup mix
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 lb lean ground beef
1 tblsp olive oil

Potatoes & Sauce:
2 cups (give or take) frozen spiral fries
2 tblsp tomato paste
1 beef boullion cube
1 can beef consummate
3/4 cup water

For Patties: combine the bread, onion powder, parsley, egg, soup mix, tomato paste, garlic & Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Mix well & then add
the beef- mix well again & shape into 6 oval shaped patties about 1/4 in thick.
Add the olive oil to a large skillet & turn the heat on medium-high. Once the oil is hot, add the 6 patties and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side (or until browned)
Remove the patties from the skillet & keep warm (i stick them in the microwave on a plate)

For the potatoes & sauce: in the same skillet- turn the heat down to medium low. Dissolve the bouillon cube in the 3/4 cup boiling water & add to the
pan to deglaze (scrape up the stuck on brow bits). Once deglazed, add the potatoes & cook until soft (about 3-4 minutes). Add the can of beef consummate & tomato paste- continue to cook until the potatoes are done (another 2-3 minutes) and the mixture comes to a simmer.
Add the beef patties & continue to simmer until the patties are cooked through (another 3-4 minutes or so)

Remove from heat, allow to sit for 3 minutes & serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.
Like i said, this turned out pretty good- but next time this is what i'll do:

- Nix the tomato paste in the sauce. i didn't care for it
- Use different potatoes (the curly ones have a zesty seasoning & i think it was a little overpowering
- Maybe use beef broth instead of beef consummate. I like the consummate, but it's rich. so we'll see
- Maybe add vegetables? but probably not. ha!

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