TV Dinner - Salisbury Steak

June 16, 2015
12 Ratings
  • Serves 6 with leftovers
Author Notes

I remember this meal as the futuristic foil covered TV dinners we baked in the oven when I was a child. It came in a metal tray and had a hamburger patty in dark mushroom gravy. On the side were mashed potatoes and peas in separate compartments. I used to pile the mash on top of the gravy soaked steak and munch down.
Microwaves didn't exist yet and we had a black and white TV but I thought it was fantastic. Fast forward to today and those TV dinner are not so shiny anymore. Somewhere along the way corporate types found out how to maximize profits by cutting all natural flavors away and adding the taste of cardboard. Now a TV dinner is a sort of self punishment for not having time or energy to actually cook something.
But that doesn't have to be the fate of the Salisbury Steak dinner of the distant past. You can make it from scratch and it is so much better than the original treat you or your parents might remember. —Kevin Hunter

What You'll Need
  • 2 pieces White Bread toasted
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 pounds Ground Sirloin
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley cleaned and minced
  • 2 Large cloves of Garlic minced on a microplane
  • 1/2 Medium sized Sweet Onion (like Vidalia) minced fine with a knife
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour mixed with salt and black pepper with 2 Tablespoons separated
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 8 ounces Fresh Mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cups Beef Broth (the boxed kind is just fine)
  • 5 pounds Russet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 8 ounces Frozen Peas
  1. Put a large stock pot of salted water on the heat set at medium high.
  2. Wash and peel the potatoes then cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes and put in the stockpot. When the water begins to boil set a timer for 10 minutes.
  3. Break the toast up into chunks and put in a food processor. Pulse until you have chunky breadcrumbs. Add them to a prep bowl with the milk to soak a few minutes then set in a colander and squeeze to drain.
  4. Put the Sirloin in a large mixing bowl. Add the parsley, garlic, Egg, Worcestershire Sauce and the drained breadcrumbs. Mix with your hands gently and form 6 equally sized Salisbury Steaks. Dust each side with the seasoned flour and set on a rack to rest.
  5. In a large heavy bottom skillet add the grapeseed oil and bring to medium heat. Fry each Steak undisturbed 5 minutes on each side and return to the rack covered with foil.
  6. When the potatoes are fork tender, turn off the heat, dump the stockpot contents into a colander to drain. Put the pot back on the range adding the stick of butter. Return the cooked potatoes back to the same pan on top of the butter. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher and add the heavy cream as you work. When the mash reaches the desired texture set aside.
  7. Put another small stockpot to boil with 2 cups of water. When the water is at full boil add the peas. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  8. In the skillet bring the heat back to medium add the mushrooms and cook until they give up all their liquid about 3 or 4 minutes or so. Add 2 tablespoons of the seasoned flour mixture and stir to cover all the mushrooms. Cook until the flour starts to brown then add the beef stock and scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon while the gravy thickens.
  9. To Serve: Think of the plate as a clock face. Put a Salisbury Steak at 6 o'clock, a heap of mash at 10 and a scoop of peas at 2. Cover the steak with the mushroom gravy.

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4 Reviews

Blissed-Out B. November 6, 2019
I, too, enjoyed the frozen Salisbury steak TV Dinner from an aluminum tray when I was a girl. I used to think they were so cool. And years later, as an adult, I found a recipe for Salisbury steak in a magazine. It was quite delicious, then I lost the recipe and I have been searching for it ever since. This recipe seems to match it from what ingredients I remember. So I am VERY excited to make this recipe very soon. The horseradish adds great flavor.
Laurel D. July 19, 2018
If I wanted to freeze this do you have any ideas on the best way to do so?
Liz C. March 6, 2016
So...where do the chopped onions and garlic go???
Kevin H. March 6, 2016
The garlic is mixed into the meat in step 4. The onion is added to the mushrooms prior to adding the flour. I completely forgot about them but they are an important flavor addition to the gravy