Friday, September 3, 2010

Diner Salisbury Steak


Diner Salisbury Steak
makes 4 servings
As a transplanted "east-coaster" diners and their food hold a special place in my heart . . . the diner was one of the places where I could taste "American" food and, to an Italian American boy, Salisbury Steak was an exotic meal.  This is my homage to this diner specialty.
                                                                                                            prep time:             15 minutes
                                                                                                            steak cook time:    10 minutes
                                                                                                            gravy cook time:   8 minutes
                                                                                                            total time:            33 minutes


1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 - 12 ounce can of beef gravy
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons prepared,  grated horseradish
1/2 pound white mushrooms, cleaned, stems intact and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

4 servings of homemade or commercial mashed potatoes (prepared according to manufacturer's instructions)
4 servings corn niblets


prepare the ground beef:

1.  In a medium bowl mix together the ground beef, scallions, bread crumbs, egg, dehydrated onions, garlic powder, and mustard and shape into four 1/2-inch-thick oval patties.

2.  Preheat oven to 120° F.
fry the steak:

1.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the patties for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until no pink remains.  Remove from to a paper towel lined platter to drain and place platter with the Salisbury steaks in oven to keep warm.  Discard the oil in the pan and wipe clean.

2.  Return the skillet to the heat and add the gravy, the tomato paste, water, horseradish, and mushrooms and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally.

3.  Return the warm steaks to the skillet, lower the heat to low and simmer for another 2 or 3 minutes.


To serve, place 1 steak, serving of corn, and 1 serving of mashed potatoes on each of 4 plates and place 1/4 of the mushroom gravy over each steak.  Serve immediately.

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