Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

This recipe is part of the Mad Hungry: TV Dinners menu. See the article for freezing instructions.

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  • Servings: 6
Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Photography: Jennifer Causey

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2012


  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 large onion, grated (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (1 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons plus a dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, plus 1/4 cup for dusting
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth


  1. Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 cup onion. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 35 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Soak bread in milk, flipping once. Finely chop. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cup onions, the sirloin, garlic cloves, bread, egg, parsley, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix with your hands to combine. Divide meat mixture into 6 oblong patties (about 5 inches long and 3/4 inch thick). Dust with cornstarch.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining oil, and reduce heat to medium. Cook patties, 3 at a time, for 6 minutes, without moving them. Flip, and cook until cooked through, about 9 minutes. Set aside on a plate. Repeat with remaining patties.

  4. Make the gravy: Add cooked onions and 1 teaspoon cornstarch to same skillet, and stir for 1 minute. Raise heat to medium-high. Pour in broth and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and whisk until broth is clear and slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and return patties and juices to skillet, spooning sauce on top.


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