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