So, are you looking for a relatively quick dinner that you can make with ingredients you probably have on hand? This recipe fits the bill, and is soooo good to boot. I did have to buy ground beef because I was out of my frozen supply, and I also bought the cheese toast ingredients (which are totally optional, but worth the slight cost). But other than that, with a few substitutions from the original recipe, I had everything on hand to make it.
I know, I know... you're thinking "TV Dinner" when I tell you about Salisbury Steak. Would I ever put a bland recipe on my blog, though? This elevates TV Dinner to "I would serve this to guests." Yes, it's a glorified hamburger, but I bet this is something you've never tried with your ground beef!
FRENCH ONION SALISBURY STEAK
makes 4 steaks
1 lb ground beef
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 c. thinly sliced onion
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp minced garlic (I used dried, 1 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp tomato paste (I used 1/2 cup ketchup)
2 c. beef broth (I used 2 c. water and 3 beef bouillon cubes)
1/4 c. red wine (yes, I use it. You don't have to)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Combine meat, salt, and pepper. Form four 1" thick patties. Dredge patties in flour. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and saute 3 minutes on each side or until browner. Remove from pan.
Add onion and sugar to pan; saute 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and potato paste; saute 1 minute or until paste begins to brown. Sprinkle with 1 tsp flour, cook 1 minute. Add broth and wine, then add salt and thyme.
Return meat to pan; bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Serve steaks on Cheese Toasts with onion sauce ladled over.
4 slices French or Sourdough Bread (sliced diagonally 1" thick)
2 Tbsp soft butter
1 tsp dry garlic
1/2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
2 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread on a baking sheet. Combine butter and garlic and spread on one side of the bread. Combine cheeses and sprinkle evenly over the butter. Bake until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly, 10-15 minutes.