I am going to let you in a little secret… I used to love those prepacked frozen TV dinners! There you go! When I was still living at home, dinner time wasn’t usually until about 7-ish or so. Therefore my older sister and I usually would come home from school around 3-4 in the afternoon (and my family lived in the country, where the closest grocery store or anything else was about 20 minutes!), we’d be looking for snacks. We’d try to do all kinds of snacks with our limited culinary knowledge, but sometimes we’d settle on a frozen dinner. If we were to have a frozen dinner, it would be Salisbury steak – hands down. With mashed potatoes drizzled in some sort of gravy, mushy corn, and a beef patty.
It has been a very long time since I have had my share of frozen dinners, but recently I was really craving for a Salisbury Steak. This winter has been pretty cold, and we’ve gotten slammed by a few nasty snow storms – and I couldn’t help but wanting a hearty dish like this. When I told Red, he was all over the idea of having a Salisbury Steak, but when I had ground turkey on my grocery list – he was a little hesitated. He kept on wanting to know why I needed ground turkey to make Salisbury Steak. But after some convincing, he let me make this version that uses a mixture of ground beef and turkey. I can assure you that neither of us could tell the difference – we loved this homemade version of the famous TV dinner! The broth was hearty, chock-full of onions and sliced mushrooms soaked in beefy broth. I also preferred cooking them in the a cast-iron skillet – to both brown the meat patties, and then to make the sauce. Those brown bits etc left on the pan added such a depth in flavor for the broth.
1 1/2 tsp oil
1 cup onions, minced
1 lbs 93% lean ground beef
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 medium to large sized eggs
2 cups beef broth
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper, to taste
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 cup water
Sauté onions in oil over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine half of the sautéed onions, ground beef, ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, egg white, 1/4 cup beef broth, salt and black pepper.
Shape into 8 oval patties.
In a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties. Set aside on a dish.
Add mushrooms to the skillet, season with salt and pepper and sauté 2-3 minutes.
Return patties to the skillet with the mushrooms.
In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining broth until smooth. Mix in remaining onions, tomato paste, vinegar, water, worcestershire sauce and mustard powder.
Pour over meat and mushrooms in skillet.
Cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Adapted from Skinny Taste