Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

I often show you my best, most impressive meals--that's just what foodbloggers do! But I'll share a little secret with you: I don't always eat that way.

No, there are many, many meals that are just plain, old dinners. Meals that I'd never serve company. Regular, inexpensive, stick-t0-your-ribs food. It ain't pretty--but it's good.

Salisbury steak reminds me of happy days, before the work-a-day world, before bad breakups and car wrecks, before I knew what stress was. It reminds me of the play yard behind my elementary school, the monkey bars and the woo-woo tree.

Yes, this is one of our comfort meals for a regular day.

Some people say it should be a piece of cube steak, but I like a basic seasoned ground beef patty, fried and then warmed in a rich gravy. Easy peasy and budget-friendly to boot.

Salisbury Steak and Gravy
serves 4

1 pound ground beef, formed into 4 patties
canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth or bullion
1 cup beef broth or bullion
salt and pepper, to taste

Season beef patties with salt and pepper and any other seasonings desired. Fry in a little canola oil until well-browned on both sides. Set cooked patties aside; discard excess oil and return pan to the stove over medium heat.

Mix broths together in a 4-cup measure; set aside.

Melt butter in pan and scrape up any browned bits. Stir flour into butter and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in broth, a little at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Set heat to low and return beef patties to gravy. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Sam said...

I've never heard of Salisbury steak but it looks good.

I eat plain and simple food most of the time too, still tastes good though!

Amanda said...

Hi, Sam. I'm afraid a lot of people don't like it--but we do. There's just something homey & warming about simple, good food.

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