Remember those good ol’ days when TV dinners were a staple? Setting up a tray in front of the television, indulging in classic sitcoms like “I Love Lucy” and “Sanford & Son.” The Hungry Man Salisbury Steak dinner was a go-to option for many, and it sure got me through some tough times. Even now, I find myself grabbing one from the freezer at the grocery store every now and then. But what if I told you that you can recreate this nostalgic meal at home, with a touch of simplicity and ease?
The Star of the Show
To make the perfect Salisbury steak, start with about a pound and a half of certified Angus 80/20 ground beef. Enhance the flavor with some Original Seasoning, dry mustard, a squirt of ketchup, a little smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and two well-beaten eggs. Mix everything together, and don’t forget to wet your hands with water before handling the ground beef to prevent sticking. Now, add plain bread crumbs to bind the mixture with the eggs, just like making biscuits. If needed, add more breadcrumbs until it holds together. Let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Soppin’ Good Gravy
For the rich and flavorful gravy, gather one pound of white mushrooms and a large white onion. Heat up a cast-iron skillet or a deep Dutch oven, and melt some butter with a dab of oil. Once the skillet is hot, add the mushrooms and onions, and listen to the delightful sizzle as they hit the butter. Cook until the onions turn translucent and the mushrooms acquire a beautiful golden brown color.
To thicken the gravy, stir about six tablespoons of flour into the mixture until well-coated. Not to forget the finishing touches, add a splash of Worcestershire sauce and about a tablespoon or two of red wine. Let it boil until the gravy thickens to perfection. Once ready, transfer it to a heat-proof bowl.
Sizzle Up the Meat
Retrieve the meat patties from the refrigerator and shape them into six oval-shaped patties. In the same skillet used for the gravy, melt two tablespoons of butter until sizzling hot. Add the patties and cook for about two to three minutes on each side, ensuring they develop a rich brown color.
Now, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Pour that luscious gravy over the patties, making sure to get some underneath each one. Let it simmer on low heat for a while, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Get Those Green Beans Goin’
No Salisbury steak dinner is complete without some delicious green beans. Whether you prefer fresh or frozen, start by sizzling about five pieces of thick-cut bacon in a pan. Once the bacon is cooked, add the green beans on top and pour in enough chicken broth to cover them. Sprinkle some more of that wonderful Original Seasoning and cook until the beans reach the perfect Al Dente texture. Finally, add a knob of butter and just a hint of liquid smoke. Remember, liquid smoke is as potent as snake venom, so exercise caution.
Time to Serve
Now it’s time to plate up your homemade Salisbury steak dinner. Arrange the juicy Salisbury steaks, savory green beans, creamy mashed potatoes, and a delectable brownie. This meal is not only easy to make but also incredibly satisfying. I guarantee you’ll be doing the “he-man hungry man dance” after tasting this deliciousness.
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Now, go ahead and relive those nostalgic TV dinner moments with this homemade remake of the classic Hungry Man Salisbury Steak. Enjoy!