Cooking healthy meals tends to get a bad rap. “It gets expensive, takes so much time to cook, and don’t even get me started on how long the clean-up takes!” Well, we set out to debunk these myths with our quick and easy Salisbury steak recipe! Preparation is finished in a cinch, and the entire cooking process is done in one pan! We perfectly balanced efficiency, flavor, and health for you all in this single dish. You don’t have to thank us! Just try out this delicious meal for yourself and see what we mean.
“Salisbury steak? Healthy? But, doesn’t red meat contribute to a higher risk of heart disease and high cholesterol?” The short answer is yes. However, as with most things, it is perfectly healthy in moderation. In fact, a well-rounded diet consisting of poultry, red meat, and fish are typically recommended. Red meat provides your body with easily-absorbed iron and B12, both of which are critical to your overall blood health, while the significant levels of zinc contribute to a properly working immune system – and that’s something all of us can benefit from as flu season approaches! And of course, there’s protein, a key nutrient that fortifies your bones and muscles. So, it’s safe to say that red meat should in fact hold a key place in your overall diet. And what better place to start than with this recipe? We believe even the pickiest eater in the family will enjoy this recipe and have some vegetables without even knowing it! Onions are sneakily mixed into the ground beef, adding both flavor and nutrition to the unsuspecting diner. And with the quick and easy gravy that’s made in the pan, we have a strong suspicion they won’t notice a thing!
For the dish, we used plain breadcrumbs and still enjoyed a high flavor payoff, however, if you feel like spicing things up a bit more, feel free to experiment with Italian breadcrumbs, or even panko if you want a more detectable crunch. For the gravy, we took a step away from the typical use-all-the-drippings method and instead used the tasty bits left behind after preparing the patties to both reduce the calorie and fat level and still enjoy the meaty flavor of ground beef in the gravy. As with most dishes, we invite you to season to taste, but don’t get carried away with the salt! Once your sauce has reached the desired level of thickness and flavor, all that’s left is adding in the patties to absorb the gravy. Then, serve and enjoy!
- 2 medium red onions
- ½ cup soft breadcrumbs
- ¾ teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
- ½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- Dash ground nutmeg
- 1 lb lean ground beef (we used 90% lean)
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
- ½ cup cold water
- 2 tsp butter
- ½ – 1 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- Thinly slice 1 ½ of the onion into rings, then finely chop the remaining onion for the ground beef mixture.
- In a large bowl, toss the breadcrumbs with the chopped onion and seasonings.
- Add beef to the large bowl, mixing lightly and thoroughly.
- Shape the beef mixture into ½ inch thick oval patties.
- Place a lightly oiled, large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until a thermometer reads 160ºF. Remove from pan and discard drippings.
- In a small bowl, mix cornstarch, bouillon and water until smooth.
- In the same skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sliced onions. Cook and stir for 5-7 minutes, or until onions are tender.
- Stir in cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Return Salisbury steaks to pan, turning to coat with sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!