Blast From the Past:TV Dinners, For Taste And More It’s…..Sentimental Salisbury Steak!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more fond food memories! Recently, I came across a recipe for a meal that was a total blast from the past; Salisbury steak. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 70’s , coupled with the fact that my mom was a single parent that worked a demanding full time job, but if it didn’t come out of the Crock-pot or freezer, we didn’t eat it. Of course, we also loved our Presto Burger; an electric burger making gadget (clearly the precursor to the George Foreman Grill). With all of these tasty treats on the menu to choose from, I must say, one of my fondest memories is boil-in-the-bag Salisbury steak. We would grab our TV style dinners and watch some of our favorite TV shows; Three’s Company, Happy Day’s, Laverne and Shirley, Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, a veritable who’s who of Nick at Nite.

When I shared with Chuck my blast from the past dinner inspiration he was psyched. His family was also a fan of Swanson’s Hungry Man and On-cor frozen entrees. They however didn’t boil their meat in a bag; they cooked a great big family size serving in the oven. He said that the best part was when his mom would make buttered egg noodles to serve on the side. My mouth was watering just think about it!

Sentimental Salisbury Steak:

Basically, Salisbury steak is like meatloaf or meatballs disguised as a sort of hamburger patty. Aren’t you dying for one?

 

2 lbs ground beef (makes 6 generous patties)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2/3 cup finely chopped onion

¾ cup finely chopped saltine crackers (does it get better than this?)

1 Tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1 stick of butter

8 oz sliced mushrooms (more if your family will eat them. Chuck and I were the only takers)

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3 Tbsp flour (plus you may need a little bit more to thicken the sauce)

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Egg noodles, buttered

In a mixing bowl, combine;

Beef

Egg

Onion

Cracker

Sage

Salt

Pepper

 

Evenly divide the beef mixture into 6 patties (no more than ½” to ¾” thick so they cook all the way through)

In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat

Brown the patties for 8-10 minutes per side

If you need to, add a little more butter to the pan (see, just like the 70’s completely not heart healthy)

Once the patties are browned, set aside on a platter

Add 4 tbsp butter to skillet

Cook the mushrooms until nicely browned

Stir in Worcestershire sauce and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Scrape up any brown bits

Sprinkle the mushrooms with 3Tbsp of flour

Add 2 ½ cups of hot water

Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken, for about 5 minutes

If your sauce is not getting thick enough yet, add a little flour to speed up the process

Add another Tbsp of butter, stirring to combine

Return the patties to the skillet to finish cooking and continue thickening sauce

In the meantime, prepare the egg noodles according to the directions, and butter (again we loved butter in the 70’s)

Place a serving of egg noodles on a dinner plate, along with a hamburger patty

Generously spoon gravy and mushrooms over the patty

Serve and enjoy

More nostalgia, more blast from the past dinners, more Salisbury steak…..

Blast From The Past Salisbury Steak

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