Tonight I am making my favorite Salisbury Steak & Gravy. Its a whopping 102 degrees here in Texas, but what else is new. I am preparing this recipe in my crock pot so i don't have to turn on the oven. I am not sure about you but my crock pot is my best friend in the summer. It really helps so you don't have to heat up the house. This recipe doesn't take all day to cook like a lot of the traditional crock pot meals. You will be preparing half of this recipe on the stove top and then let the crock pot do the rest. When I hear Salisbury Steak my first thought is always of those frozen meals in the store that your get in those little foil trays. Goodness, I just cant eat those they are usually packed with so much sodium and they are so pricey on top of that. This dish is so simple to prepare at home and its not expensive at all and it's made with ingredients that you usually have on hand. I serve my Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes or Pasta, but its also good with rice. Whatever tickles your fancy.
I was really stumped on a which bread i was going to serve with my meal. I wanted it to be something simple. I know i said i wouldn't turn on the oven. I couldn't help it though, I remembered a recipe over at the Southern Plate for a Southern Hoe Cake. I have been trying to find a reason to make one. Well today is the day. I mean it wont hurt to turn the oven on just for bit!!! I am so glad i made Christy's recipe it was the perfect addition to my meal. My husbands exact words when he took a bite of Christy's recipe was " that's pretty damn good" LOL, I could not of said it any better. If you haven't been over to a Southern Plate you really don't know what you are missing. Christy has the best Southern Food around. We have become great Blogging Buddies. So thanks Christy for another keeper. Now go ahead and get that Crock Pot out and don't buy another one of those frozen meals again. Give this recipe a try It's really good Everyone I have shared this recipe with has thanked me.
Add onion mushroom and beef broth heat to boiling. Reduce heat cover and simmer for 10 minutes. I did not add mushrooms this time because my husband asked if i could leave them out the next time I made this dish :( Bummer!!
Add to boiling mixture.
Use a wire whisk and whisk until gravy begins to thicken. Make sure to watch your pan, because the cornstarch will thicken rather quickly you dont want lumps of cornstarch. My kiddos had a tug of war with my whisk and it broke so i am usuing a large fork.
add the prepared gravy mixture. The original recipe i got years and years ago did not call for any extra gravy. I found after the first time i prepared the recipe the it just wasn't hearty enough for me so i add the additional gravy mix and the flavor is perfect.
Here is the picture of the Hoe Cake I made. Slap on some butter and go for it. If you want the recipe for the Christys Southern Hoe Cake. Dont forget to stop by Southern Plate. For more great recipes
Southern Hoe Cake
2 cups self rising flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
Preheat oven to 425.
Pour a thin layer of oil to cover the bottom of an eight inch round cake pan and place in oven to heat. Cut shortening into flour well. Pour milk in and stir until wet. Pour into well heated pan and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes or until browned. Invert onto plate.
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1/3 Cup Bread Crumbs or Cracker Crumbs
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
Small Onion Sliced (I use half) (Optional)
1 Can Condensed Beef Broth
1 – 4oz Can Sliced Mushrooms (Drained)
2 T. Cornstarch
1 - Packet Brown Gravy Mix or 1 - Jar/Can Brown Gravy
Mix First 5 ingredients together and shape into ovals about ¾ inches thick. Cook patties in a skillet turning once until brown. Add onion mushroom and beef broth heat to boiling. Reduce heat cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove patties to a casserole dish and keep warm. Heat mixture until boiling. Mix water and cornstarch together to make a paste. Add to boiling mixture with a wire whisk and whisk until gravy begins to thicken. I don’t think the gravy is hearty enough for me so I also add 1 packet of brown or mushroom gravy prepared according to package directions and add to the beef broth gravy. I then pour the gravy over the patties in the casserole dish and bake at 350 until bubbly. If preparing this in the crock pot just add the browned patties to the crockpot. Prepare gravy accordly and pour on top. Cover and cook for 3 hours on low. Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or noodles.