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Oh, don't get me wrong! We have mushroom GRAVY. But we do not use mushroom soup with Salisbury Steak. That would be a desecration.
This meal seems like it is involved, but once you get it down, it is pretty easy to do. I don't rush, it takes me about an hour.
I start my rice or potatoes before I start the meat, but I start noodles later in the process.
Step 1 - The Meat
- 2 lbs of good ground beef (whatever you think that is!)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs, bread crumbs, or quick oatmeal
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- a few shakes pepper if you want
- 1/4 tsp of Redmond Seasoning Salt (if desired -or other seasoning salt if you are that kind)
Throw it all in your KitchenAid mixer (no, a Bosch will NOT do!!! Just kidding). Blend the ingredients together. Use your hands, or a wooden spoon if you don't have a mixer, we are flexible like that, but make sure you get it out from under your fingernails - this is why I use a wooden spoon if I do not have a mixer!
Step 2 - The Steaks
- 3 TBSP Butter (NOOOOOooooo! Not the Margarine!!!!! Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.)
Form 6 or 8 (seven is not allowed) patties. They should be about 1" thick.
Melt the butter in a large skillet. Put in a round of patties (these are the steaks if you didn't figure that out). My 10" skillet will hold either three 1/3 lb, or four 1/4 lb steaks. My larger skillet will hold six or eight.
Cook the steaks until they are not bleeding aggressively (done mostly through). Don't worry if they bleed while you make the gravy, they will cook more in the fourth step.
Put them on a plate and set them aside.
Step 3 - The Gravy
- 6 TBSP Butter
- Mushrooms - 1 can (drained), or about 4-6 chopped criminis, or any other kind of mushroom you want to put in this - savory ones are best, just chop them up however large you want them (wild ones are great, and dried straw mushrooms or dried Porcini work wonderfully).
- 6 TBSP Flour
- 4 cups water (you filtered it, didn't you?)
- 2-3 tbsp soy sauce
- Salt to taste
- Pepper if you must
Melt the butter in the skillet, then add the mushrooms. If the mushrooms need cooking (canned ones don't), cook them until they are as done as you like them.
Remove from heat, and then add the flour. Whisk it until it is smooth (ok, so the mushrooms won't be smooth, but the gravy should be!).
Add the water, about 1/4 at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition (you did remember the bit about the mushrooms, didn't you?).
Return to heat, and stir gently until it is thick and bubbly. When flour thickened sauces or gravies are done, they'll be evenly darker and evenly thick.
Stir in the soy sauce and salt. We add the soy sauce last so we can taste test and get it balanced just right, because mushroom and meat flavors can vary some, and the soy sauce kinda ties them together and enhances the meaty flavor.
Step 4 - The Finish
Return the steaks to the skillet, with the gravy.
NOTE: If your skillet only holds HALF the steaks at a time, you need to REMOVE half the gravy and do a second round.
Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, and COVER the skillet.
Let simmer for about 10 minutes, checking and stirring every few minutes. TURN the steaks at least once.
IF THE STEAKS ARE STILL BLEEDING THEY ARE NOT DONE! Repeat covering and simmering.
Serve with Rice, Noodles, or Mashed Potatoes.
This makes GREAT leftovers, and it can even be frozen for later use. This is why I make a larger batch, even though our family is now small.
I tried canning this, and it DID NOT WORK. The flour threw the flavor off, giving it a kind of dark bready flavor, and I would not do it again. I've tried other things with whole wheat flour, and it is even worse.
I will be trying this one with corn starch. It does separate, but can be shaken or stirred back together.
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