Homemade Salisbury Steak is the melt in your mouth, tender, comfort food from many childhood pasts. I can promise you it will never leave you feeling disappointed. This deliciously, rustic, comfort food has all the flavor you have looked for over the years. It’s so simple and easy to make you’ll be sitting down to one of your favorite childhood dinners in no time flat with minimal clean up time involved.
Over my childhood years; this is one recipe my family never once attempted to make. The first time I ever had Salisbury Steak was at a friend’s home and unfortunately, it came in a large tin tray that her mother placed in the oven and 30-40 minutes later it was done to my ever-growing agony at the thought of eating this frozen meat for dinner. My last thoughts as I sat there eating my dinner that night ranged from silently thinking, I wished I had stayed home and I hope they don’t invite me for dinner ever again. Yes, it was that awful
The second time I had Salisbury Steak was in Sugar Creek, Ohio in 1993, while on a tour bus. I wish I could remember the restaurant’s name today, somehow, I can’t remember it for the life of me. I do remember it was a family style restaurant owned by an Amish family. I have to tell you that dinner was the best family style dinner I have ever had in my 43 years of existence. That Salisbury Steak was so tender and flavorful, it literally melted in my mouth that day.
As time went on; I would attempt hundreds of so-called “The BEST Salisbury Steak ” recipes on the net, only to be left disappointed and doubtful of ever enjoying my once beloved melt in your mouth, Salisbury Steak from 1993, in the quaint Amish town of Sugar Creek, Ohio.
Finally one day; I happened to be watching Rea Drummond; on The Pioneer Woman Show, making her recipe for Salisbury Steak, I thought what the hell, let’s give this a try one more time before giving up on the idea of ever having a decent Salisbury Steak Recipe again. I have, to be honest with you, it was good, yet I still left with a sense of disappointment yet again over a recipe not being the one I was desperately looking for.
I decided Rea’s recipe for Salisbury Steak had more potential than the others; I could work with her recipe making changes here and there since it lacked a few flavors. I would have to figure out what the recipe might be missing and soon.
One of the biggest things wrong was so simple to fix, the gravy was off, I had figured out why after reading several gravy recipes in an Amish Cookbook my parents had given me years ago; not once did gravy ever include the ingredient cornstarch. It was always all-purpose flour and butter in every Amish gravy recipe I read. So of course; I was thrilled because I really don’t like using cornstarch to thicken my sauces. Continue to recipe–>
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