Salisbury steak reminds me of TV dinners and buffets. Not something that is typically correlated with health, now is it? My boyfriend told me this was his favorite TV dinner to eat when he was a kid. I’m not going to lie, it sort of grossed me out when he said that but I knew I could recreate it to be healthier and taste better than the 3 minute microwave version does. Not only is this healthier, it’s Whole30 Approved too!
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I got curious where the name “salisbury” came from. I just sort of assumed it was named after the city in England and this was an English dish… Don’t ask me why. Come to find out, it’s actually totally American, been around since 1897 and named after an American Physician, Dr. Salisbury. Ha! Who knew.
This recipe has been a huge hit at my house every time I make it. The list of ingredients looks a little bit longer than you might be used to with my recipes, but don’t worry. It’s actually super simple because you’re really just dumping them into a bowl to mix in with the meat.
While we’re on the subject of the meat you’ll be mixing, once you’ve formed them into the traditional Salisbury steak patties, you can either pan cook, grill or bake them. I used my grill pan (put this on your Christmas list!) but I often just pan cook them and get the same results.
I also have been totally loving discovering how many benefits and uses that using beef gelatin has in my kitchen. I just assumed it was only for jello?? Like the Dr. Salisbury thing, I really had no idea. It’s became so much easier to thicken up sauces, gravies and one pan meals with a liquid base. The Vital Proteins beef gelatin gives a much smoother and emulsified flavor and texture than using arrowroot or tapioca starch does (plus no clumps!). Even adding it to meatballs and egg bakes makes them bouncier and fluffier!
Vital Proteins collagen is one of my favorite Whole30 Approved products and within the product family that Vital Proteins offers, beef gelatin is one of my most often used. If you would have asked me a year ago if I’d cook with gelatin I would have told you I don’t make jello enough, so no.
I truly had no idea I could use it so many ways besides jello with such awesome (and tasty!) results. BUT, times have changed and it’s a product I really don’t think I could go without anymore. Plus I get the added benefits of collagen and protein to my meals. A little goes a long way too, so it seems to last forever!
I use gelatin to make the gravy for this pot roast and veggies one pan meal, too!
While you could use a different thicker for the gravy (although gelatin is recommended), you will need coconut aminos, a common soy sauce substitute, for both the Salisbury steak and the gravy. You can pick them up at almost any grocery store now a days, or from Thrive Market for over $2 cheaper per bottle.
I serve my Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and my boyfriend just eats it out of the fridge with a fork. So many options! 😉 You can also totally add sliced mushrooms to the gravy. If you do that, just add them in with the onion to give them a quick sauté. This is a family friendly recipe that you’ll feel good about. No TV dinners, here!
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For the Steak:
- 1 and 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup white onion, finely diced (about 1/2 small-medium onion)
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 2 and 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (soy sauce replacement)
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons cooking fat (I used tallow)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
For the Brown Gravy:
- 3 cups beef broth, divided
- 1/2 onion sliced (use the other 1/2 onion leftover)
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoons Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin (or sauce thickener like arrowroot)
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon tomato sauce
- A few good shakes of salt and pepper
For the Steak:
- Combine all ingredients except for the cooking fat into a large bowl
- Mix together well using hands and form Salisbury steak patties, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
- Heat the cooking fat in your grill pan or frying pan over medium-high heat
- Add in Salisbury steak patties, ensuring not to crowd the pan (you will have to do 2 rounds of three steaks each, usually)
- Flip patties halfway through cooking, after about 4-5 minutes
- Remove the cooked patties and cook the remaining patties – repeat until all are cooked
For the Gravy:
- If using a grill pan, you’ll now need a sauce pan to make the gravy
- If you pan cooked the patties, continue using the same pan
- Add ghee to the pan
- Once hot, add in sliced onions and let cook for 2 minutes
- Add in garlic
- Once fragrant (about 1 minute), add in 2 cups beef stock and scrape up any of the ingredients stuck to the bottom of the pan
- Bring to a light simmer
- While it’s coming to a simmer, mix gelatin in with the remaining 1 cup broth in a separate bowl or large mixing cup, mixing or whisking until dissolved
- Pour mixture into pan
- Stir and add coconut aminos, mustard, tomato sauce, salt and pepper
- Let simmer for 5-10 minutes and remove from heat
- Serve in it’s own gravy dish or pour directly over Salisbury steaks!
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