When we think comfort food, we always think meat and potatoes. Other than ice cream and apple pie, we can’t think of a more classic combination of foods that makes everyone feel satisfied. Cooking up comfort foods during the week is super easy to do. Simple ingredients can be whipped up for a weeknight meal that brings everyone to the table to enjoy some good food and quality time. One of our favorites to serve is this super easy Salisbury steak skillet. It’s savory, hearty, and just about as delicious as comfort food can get. Check out how we do it.
We take simple ingredients and seasonings, like ground beef, onions, mushroom, and beef stock, and whip them into a delicious meat and gravy combination. The right combination of seasonings will really give the meat some flavor, and who can say no to a savory brown gravy…we certainly can’t! Everything cooks up in one skillet, which means easy to cook and easy to clean up. The meal finishes in the oven and comes out looking and smelling absolutely heavenly. Expect to hear a stampede of hungry family members as they rush to the table to gobble up this amazing meal.
Salisbury steaks aren’t really “steaks” in the true sense of the word. They’re ground beef, formed into patties that are called “steaks.” And the name – Salisbury – is rooted in American history; it was the name of a Civil War doctor who studied the diet and digestive problems faced by Union soldiers during the war. Fast-forward 100 years and the Salisbury steak became a go-to on the TV-dinner circuit. Today, we can whip up this meal from scratch, and if you take a few shortcuts with the side dishes, you can have a wholesome dinner on the table in virtually no time.
We love the meatiness of the mushrooms paired with the lightly caramelized onions and the gravy – it’s impossible not to start salivating when we think about how good this gravy is. Typically a Salisbury steak calls for mashed potatoes and peas, but we’ve paired it with tater tots or you could serve it up with a crisp, cool salad on the side. Really, there’s nothing like a belly-warming comfort food meal like this one. Salisbury steak is easy, savory and delicious.
Salisbury Steak Skillet
50 minutes to prepare serves 4
- 1 ½ pound ground beef
- ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon onion flakes
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 yellow onion, halved and sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, onion flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper together in an large bowl. Mix until well combined. Evenly divide beef into 4 servings. Gently roll each into a ball and press down slightly to flatten into a thick patty.
- Add cooking oil to a large ovenproof skillet on medium-high. Brown patties in skillet on both sides then remove and set aside on a platter.
- In the same skillet, reduce heat to medium and add butter, onions, and mushrooms. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms are softened and onions are tender.
- Add flour and stir for 2 minutes, or until flour has created a roux. Add beef stock and stir to loosen up any bits of flavor in the skillet. Bring mixture up to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and add beef patties back into the skillet, spreading evenly around the pan. Place skillet into preheated oven to cook for 25-30 minutes, or until patties are cooked through.
- Serve each patty topped with mushroom and onion gravy. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Kitchen Dreaming