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.
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
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.*****
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