Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“Everyday Salisbury Steak” & “Mashed Sweet Potatoes” For "Wordless Tuesday"

Welcome to Wordless Tuesday! I have a couple of spectacular recipes for you to try…...Enjoy!

Tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd is the first day of Autumn! So this meal brings you back to those chilly nights, leaves falling, cozy, and comfy in the kitchen where the family always seems to gravitate. 

Ever wonder about where Salisbury Steak originated from? I’m always interested in who created this meal. So with the help of the Internet, I used “Google” and this is what I found out about this timeless dish.

Salisbury steak is a dish made from a blend of ground beef and other ingredients, which is shaped to resemble a steak, and is usually served with brown gravy and mushrooms. Salisbury steak was invented by an American physician, Dr. J. H. Salisbury (1823–1905), an early promoter of a low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss. The term "Salisbury Steak" has been in use in the United States since 1897. This dish is popular and it is traditionally served with gravy and mashed potatoes or noodles.

TV Dinner: Salisbury Steak with Mac & Cheese

For me Salisbury Steak conjures up memories of what I would have for dinner when I was young and going to school. Once in a great while my mom would make TV dinners for supper, especially if it was a busy day. This meal did have potential, if someone simply gave it some thought and a bit of creative effort. Well, I have a recipe for you that you will never think about those TV dinners again. A delicious meal of Salisbury Steak and Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I hope you and your family enjoy this rendition as much as my family does.

“Everyday Salisbury Steak”

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 Minutes

1/3 cup grated onion, divided
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground sirloin
Cooking spray
1 tbsp unsalted butter
8 oz button mushrooms, quartered
1/2 red bell pepper thinly sliced
1/3 cup dry red wine *** see note below
1 1/4 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp red wine vinegar

Combine 1/4 cup onion, pepper, salt, garlic, and beef in a large bowl. Shape into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Melt butter in pan. Add mushrooms and red pepper, sauté 4 minutes. Stir in wine and remaining onion; cook 2 minutes. Combine broth and flour in a small bowl, and then add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until thick. Add patties and vinegar to pan; cook 2 minutes. Serve the steaks with the gravy ladled over the top and garnish with diced flat leaf Italian Parsley.

***Note: If you're cooking for kids, omit the wine and replace with more beef broth.

“Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings

5 or 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 stick butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
A pinch of Nutmeg
1 tbsp pure honey 

(more or less to taste)

Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Simmer in a large 3-4 quart pot of water add some salt to the water. After 20 minutes or so, test potatoes with a fork to see if they are fully tender. When cooked, drain water and return sweet potatoes to pan over still-warm burner (leave burner off or on very low heat). Add butter to bottom of pan and stir until melted. Using a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes with the butter, adding salt and pepper, to taste. Add Nutmeg and then honey to sweeten, stirring thoroughly. Do not over sweeten the potatoes; the honey should be barely perceptible but it should enhance the natural sweetness of the potatoes. Serve mounded with a pat of butter, if desired.


****From September 22nd-27th - Pope Francis will be making a historic visit to the United States. Just want to wish Pope Francis a safe and blessed trip while he is visiting America.*****

Till Next Time………………………………...................

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  1. Hello Dottie!
    I have heard often of Salisbury steak, especially in the UK but had no idea where it came from. I always learn new things from your informative blog!
    I must say your homemade version looks sooo good! The perfect autumal and winter dish with mashed potatoes.
    I have seen the pope's visit to the US on television. People seem to love him there too. I think he is a great man, much better than his predecessors. I really like him.
    Have a good rest of the week. Ciao!

    1. Ciao Alida,
      Thank you for visiting. Glad that you get so much info from my blog. Thanks for your complement. I also learn things when I do my research about a food or a special day. This dish is so much better than the TV dinners of years ago. It is still mild here as far as the weather goes, but my thoughts are with those chilly nights.
      I have been watching the Pope's visit to the USA non-stop. It is so heartwarming and very touching. I find myself with tears sometimes as I hear him speaking. He is so wonderful what a true Pope he is...You can see that God has touched him to be the "Peoples Pope," as they call him.I agree Alida, he has so much more tolerance towards the world and the Catholic people. I am enjoying his visit..he is so cute and speaks so well. Always getting into the crowds...especially the children.. Just so beautiful. God Bless Pope Francis...Today he comes into New York City. Can't wait to see that on CNN. Thanks again for your comment..You as well dear friend have a super rest of the week..
      Hugs, Dottie :).

  2. Dear Dottie, I remember the treat of a T.V. dinner too!! It was such fun and so very rare that my mom would "give in" to buying a T.V. dinner.
    Your dinner looks absolutely delicious!!!
    Stay well dear friend.
    xoxox Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thanks for your comment...TV dinners were fun and especially if they had the little brownie or dessert with it. But just like you my mother would only "give in" also when time was not on her side. These recipes are really good and it is much better than those TV dinners for sure...Thanks for visiting ...be well and enjoy the fall weather...Blessings!
      Dottie :)