I am not a fan of hamburger - as a matter of fact, if I never ate red meat again, I probably wouldn't miss it. Don't get me wrong - I love a good steak - but red meat, especially hamburger, just isn't one of my favorite things.
I came across this recipe for Salisbury steak that's a little different from the Salisbury steak I had as a kid. It's more like the Swiss steak I remember my Grammy making - smothered in mushroom gravy. Yes, it's another one from Don't Panic - More Dinner's in the Freezer! So I gave this version a try...
It's very much like making "meatloaf" patties...
You add an egg, bread crumbs, cream of mushroom soup, chopped onion, salt, and pepper to the ground beef...
and use your hands to just slightly mix together. Just enough that it's evenly mixed, but is still sort of "loose". Over-mixing just makes the patties "tough".
I planned to freeze mine, so I shaped the mixture into patties, and placed them between plastic wrap so they would be easy to separate.
The gravy is just cream of mushroom soup with fresh, sliced mushrooms added.
I divided everything into two meals for two - which ended up being three patties and about 2 cups of gravy per meal. See those cups with the bags full of gravy? That's the easy way to fill ziploc bags without getting stuff all over the zippers! Just put the bag in a cup (or container), fold the edges of the bag back over the edges of the cup, and add whatever you're storing. Then carefully (especially if it's a liquid) lift the edges of the bag, remove it from the cup, and seal! No mess!!
The gravy went into a ziploc freezer bag, and then I placed that and the patties into a foil container. Instructions for cooking & the prep date were written on the top, as usual.
When I was ready to make this for dinner, I thawed it in the fridge overnight. Then I cooked the patties until they were browned on both sides and mostly cooked through. Then I added the mushroom gravy, covered the pan, and simmered for 20 minutes - occasionally turning the patties so they didn't stick to the pan or get too brown on the bottom.
And that's it! It was a quick and easy meal to make. Even I liked the patties - they were very tender and had a lot of flavor. And the mushroom gravy was delicious - especially on the mashed potatoes. Yum!!
I'm really liking this freezing meals thing. Gus claims that I'm less grumpy when I don't have to start dinner from scratch every night. I pointed out that saying things like that is likely to negate any good feelings I might have from not having to create dinner from scratch. Men.