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"the only" salisbury steak

a recipe by
Gina Davis
Cedar Bluff, VA

This is the name she put on this Recipe this morning! I FINALLY got my hands on it! I had to bribe my Aunt Thelma with her favorite Fresh Strawberry Scones w/ whipped cream bourbon spread. I even threw in a a small box of my Fudge Meltaways she drove a hard bargain! I made her write it all down because I tuck these away with their pics to hand down. She comes every Monday for breakfast something that she use to do with my dad they would both come on Monday mornings and visit me and each other while I cooked. Sadly my dad passed but me and her still love our Monday morning breakfast together!

serves 4 - 6
prep time 40 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For "the only" salisbury steak

  • 2 lb
    lean burger
  • 2 slice
    white bread
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    bread crumbs
  • 2 lg
    eggs or 3 med or 4 small
  • 1 tsp
    minced garlic or powder
  • 1 tsp
    super fine mustard powder
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper
  • 4 Tbsp
    dried minced onions or 1 tbs onion powder
  • 2 tsp
    salt or more
  • 3 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    port wine and a swig for the cook lol
  • 1/4 c
    flour for dusting
  • 2 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • oil for searing
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 2 lg
    sweet or white onions sliced thin
  • 8 oz
    mushrooms thick sliced
  • 1/2 c
    port wine
  • 1/8 c
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 c
    beef stock, broth or bullion
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make "the only" salisbury steak

  • 1
    To start off I wrote the ingredients the way she did lol the swig was her idea! I know my Aunt Thel and I have seen her "swig for the cook!" She said if I posted this to make sure I let everyone know she guessed at the exact amounts because she cooks a pinch, a slop, a slap and a swig LOL God I love her so much! I made it tonight and would not alter it at all. She was spot on but then again she is 83 and has made this forever. She is my road warrior! She drives all over the country and you can not keep her home! EVER! She also says she knows it looks like a lot but really it is so easy that if you don't try it you will kick yourself lol she is so BAD!
  • 2
    Tear white bread up and soak it in the milk until it has absorbed it all. If bread is still dry in places add more milk.
  • 3
    Mix all ingredients together and add bread and any extra milk left in bowl.. Mix and mix and mix until everything is consistent in color and form. Make sure there are no chunks of bread if there is squish them good and mix some more :)
  • 4
    Shape patties into 1 inch thick ovals. You should get 8 patties out of this mixture. Set aside
  • 5
    Get a 9x13 baking dish and spray or wipe with oil and set aside to place patties in after searing.
  • 6
    Heat 2 - 3 tablespoons oil in large skillet on medium high heat until oil is hot. When hot place 4 patties in pan and sear at a high temp. uncovered for 1-2 minutes per side until brown. You are not cooking through you are just searing the outsides. Don't crowd the patties they will form to much moisture and cook to much. Remove from skillet and place in baking dish and sear second batch and remove to baking dish
  • 7
    Let patties set on counter in baking dish while you make the sauce
  • 8
    Pre Heat Over to 375 degree
  • 9
    Pour grease from pan you seared in - leaving all the bits of meat.
  • 10
    Melt butter and set heat to medium, add sliced onions, garlic, rosemary,thyme, salt and pepper to taste to pan and cook for 20 minutes. Stirring as the onions wilt.
  • 11
    Once onions have wilted and started getting a caramel color to them add all the liquids EXCEPT DON'T ADD MUSHROOMS
  • 12
    Reduce heat to simmer and let set for 10 minutes and do it's thing as Aunt Thel said.
  • 13
    While sauce is simmering mix flour and corn starch together (just whisk it up) using a hand sift or wire sift (if you have it if not just sprinkle it best you can) sift or sprinkle half the flour mixture over the patties then turn patties over and sprinkle the other half of flour mixture
  • 14
    Pour gravy broth over all the patties making sure they each get onions on them.
  • 15
    Cover tightly with tin foil
  • 16
    Place in pre heated oven for 40 mins.
  • 17
    Remove foil and add MUSHROOMS (this keeps the mushrooms from cooking down to much and lets them have their own flavor) You can add mushrooms to the broth if you don't mind them cooking away she says.
  • 18
    Return to oven and bake 10 mins longer Remove to wire wrack and serve
  • 19
    Best served on a bed of mashed potatoes with mac and cheese, corn on the cob and homemade rolls AUNT THEL SAYS: "Y'ALL ENJOY!"