Friday, May 23, 2008

Not very rich or very brown but very good
--Salisbury Steaks with Rich Brown Gravy

Salisbury Steaks with Rich Brown Gravy
The Most Decadent Diet Ever Copyright 2008

1/3 cup egg substitute I used one real egg
¼ cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons onions soup mix
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 pound 96% lean ground beef my meat wasn't 96% lean
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup fat-free lower-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Olive oil spray
1 onion, sliced and separated into rings (about 3 ½ cups)

Combine the egg substitute and the oats in a medium mixing bowl. Let stand for 3 minutes to soften the oats. Add the onion soup mix, minced onion, garlic powder, pepper and beef/ Mix until well combined, and then shape into 4 oval patties about 1 inch thick, 3 inches wide, and 4 ½ inches long.

Put 2 tablespoons of the flour in a medium shallow bowl, Dip the patties in the flour to coat them on all sides. Shake off any excess.

Put the remaining flour in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in enough broth to form a paste. Then slowly whisk in the remaining broth, then the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce until well combined. Set aside.

Preheat a large nonstick skillet to medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, lightly mist it with spray. Put in the patties, side by side. Brown on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Pour the broth mixture into the skillet. Add the onion rings to the skillet. Use a wooden spoon to stir them gently into the broth mixture, being careful not to break the patties. Bring the liquid to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes, flipping the patties once, halfway through. Transfer the patties to a platter. Spoon the onions and gravy over the patties. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 205 calories, 13g carbs, 26g protein, 5g fat, 2g sat fat, 60mg chol, 1g fiber, 573mg sodium

I think it goes a little far to call this a 'rich brown' gravy. It was delicious but not very brown nor incredibly rich, although that it just my personal opinion based on what I consider rich (cream, butter, etc).

I used the 'natural' beef that I picked up in the local organic store a while ago. They raise the beef right there. I really wanted to save that meat for burgers but it was the only ground beef I had left. I don't think they labeled what percentage of fat it contained. I thought it would be fattier than it was but I would guess it was about 80-85% lean.

I don't know if it was the beef or the recipe but I was very pleased with the flavor and texture of these salisbury steaks. I was worried that the oatmeal might stand out but it didn't. I made Horseradish Smashed Potatoes to serve with these, from this same cookbook, which I love BTW. It was a great combination.

This was another recipe chosen because I had everything on hand to make it, including a half package of onion soup mix. I would make this again.

I don't think dinner has been filling my husband up. The past two nights, he has eaten leftovers from the freezer later in the evening - very unusual for him. In fact, on the weekends, when I tell him to eat leftovers, he always gets a sour look on his face.

What did he eat the past two nights? Liberace's Macaroni and Cheese with Ham - leftovers that I have been dreaming about eating myself and now it's all gone. The thing about my husband is that he's always asking me permission if he can eat this or eat that and it's almost always something that I obviously meant for him to eat. But if there's something I'd rather hoard for myself or that I'm saving for a recipe, he eats it without asking. It's not like he has any idea which category a food falls into - I haven't mentioned my lusting for that leftover macaroni and cheese - yet he manages to do this over and over again. I need to start hiding things.

Monday is a holiday here so I'll probably take the day off from blogging too.

Blast From the Past: Salisbury Steak Deluxe from June 2007. I like that version too and I've made it two or three times.

Question of the Day: Do you ever hide food from anyone else in the house?


Anonymous said...

I did--my husband was just diagnosed with diabetes so I buy things for him that he can eat but "regular" stuff for my kids. Now it seems the kids want my husbands things and not the usual. I hid things for a while but now I have a drawer in the fridge marked with "DAD" and another area marked for things in the pantry--I think I need to go back to hiding things. His stuff is disappearing but not because of him eating it. I appreciate the recipes with the breakdown of calories, carbs and such. Sheila

Anonymous said...

I do. I hide stuff of mine or my hubbys from the kids (usually junky snacks that I won't let them eat). They are older now so I usually just tell them its for one of us. Of course I get the "look" from them and I then will feel bad for them and will make them something special. Which in turn will make my hubby want it and the kids will tell him no its ours. lol

Randi said...

I have to hide candy or M & M's from Robin. If she sees it, she wants it.

Btw, the salsbury steak would be great for the seniors. Check out my thread on Egullet. I made a great pork paprikash for them yesterday( from light and tasty, a TOH publication)

DancesInGarden said...

It always irks me when DH and DD "ew" about something I make or buy for myself, then want it over the crap they insisted on. I mean, I am glad they want to eat better but that leaves nothing for ME, know what I mean? Well I guess you do ROFL!

I have hidden special chocolate because DH and DD will gulp it down without even tasting it. They can eat crappy hershey kisses for that. Leave the dark chocolate dove chunks for me, please!

Wanda said...

Yes. It used to be a fairly regular thing when our 5 kids were young and at home. But, yesterday, after grandson #1 called to ask if he and gs #2 could come over, and then gave me 'attitude' when I said he could help me bathe the dogs while he was here, I went and hid the large bag of M&Ms and the large bag of special trail mix that I had bought at the supermarket that day. Mean grandma, right? But you have to realize that they are here almost every day and don't mind eating all the various treats I have (and let me tell you they can EAT!), playing all my video games on my computer and on the 3 different game consoles I have, or letting me do and buy all kinds of other stuff for them. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Grandma! I agree with you. (I'm a mean Grandma, too.)

I don't because I don't really have anything to hide from anyone. My daughter, however, stashes candy in her closet to keep it away from her daughters.


ThursdayNext said...

I live alone, but there are some foods I should hide from my own self. ;)

Annie said...

I don't but have thought of it. My grandmother used to hide candy and chocolates in her couch. Yikes. All I can think of is the mess it must have made in the summer heat!

Anonymous said...

I hide stuff all the time if I need it for a recipe, or put it on the top shelf of the fridge that you can't see unless you peer in, or mark "save" on it. I don't know how else my husband would know not to eat it and I wouldn't want him to feel paranoid about eating something. But a while ago, I was trying to change his habit about snacking, and one night I had gone to bed early and came out to grab my phone when I realized it wasn't charging. He already had his face deep into the fridge searching for some cheese... He hadn't heard me and just about jumped out of his skin! We had a really good laugh over that one!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And my friend, whose husband is a pilot gone for days, and whose 3 sons can polish off two loaves of banana bread in 10 minutes, started hiding her food around the kitchen so that her husband could get a piece!