Saturday, March 28, 2015

Salisbury Steak ~ Guest Cook: My Nephew Rick Mason

This is a dish many of us remember from our childhood and was served in TV dinners and at schools and church events.  It's made from a blend of ground beef which is shaped to resemble a steak, and is usually served with brown gravy.

Rick's Salisbury Steak
Salisbury steak was invented by an American physician, Dr. J. H. Salisbury (1823–1905), an early proponent of a low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss. The term "Salisbury steak" has been in wide use in the United States since 1897 when the USDA set standards for processed, packaged "Salisbury steak" which still require a minimum content of 65% meat.

This recipe is from my nephew, Rick Mason, who prepared the dish and shared the photos and recipes. Thanks Rick!  I've now made the dish myself and it's presented here just as he submitted it to me. It's really delicious and easy to make.

8oz ground round
2 tbsp. each minced onion and fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and black pepper

2 strips thick cut center cut bacon
1/2 cup sliced onion
4 oz mushrooms sliced
2 tsp. all purpose flour
1 tsp. each tomato paste, minced garlic, and sugar

1/2 cup each dark beer and beef broth
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Combine ground round, minced onion, parsley, salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Shape mixture into two 3/4 inch patties.

Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.  Brown patties in drippings in same skillet over medium-high heat, approximately 3-4 minutes per side; transfer to plate. Add sliced onion and mushrooms to skillet and cook over medium heat until onion softens, about 8 minutes.  Stir in flout, tomato paste, garlic, and sugar.  Cook 1 minute.

Deglaze skillet with beer, scraping up any brown bits.  Stir in broth, dijon and 1/4 tsp. pepper; bring to boil and cook 1 minute to thicken.  Return patties to skillet, cover, reduce heat to mediu-low, and simmer until cook through, about 10 minutes more.  Serve steaks with gravy and garnish with bacon crumbles.

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