This salisbury steak with mushroom gravy recipe is all-hands-on-deck! Get your kids to help form meat mixture into patties and trim and slice mushrooms.
500 g ground beef, turkey, lamb or pork
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp vegetable oil, or olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
250 g fresh mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
1/2 tsp crumbled dried thyme
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup beef broth, or chicken broth (use chicken broth if patties are turkey; otherwise beef)
2 tbsp chopped parsley
In a bowl, combine the ground meat, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Mix well, then form into 4 oval patties, about 1/2 in (1cm) thick. (The oval shape is key here – you don't want these mistaken for regular old burgers. They're steak!)
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles in the pan (stand back, kids) add the patties, arranging them so they don't touch each other. Brown patties well on both sides, turning over once – about 3 min per side. Remove from pan.
Add the chopped onion to the pan and cook, stirring for 5 min, or until transparent (add a bit of vegetable or olive oil to pan if it becomes too dry). Add the mushrooms and thyme, and continue to cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms have released their liquid and are softened, 3 to 5 min. Sprinkle in the flour, stir well, then add the broth. Cook, stirring constantly to eliminate lumps, until sauce starts simmering and begins to thicken.
Return patties to pan, nestling them into the sauce amid the mushrooms. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 15 to 20 min, turning the Salisbury steaks over once and basting with sauce occassionally.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with plenty of fluffy mahsed potatoes to soak up the gravy.
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