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Salisbury Steak

Servings 6


For the steaks:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups minced celery
  • 2 apples about 1 pound, cored, but not peeled, and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ½ lbs. ground grass-fed beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

For the sauce:

  • 1 lb white mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium-size carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Prepare the steaks.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. When shimmering, add onion and celery and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until softened. Add chopped apples and remove from heat.
  • Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Add the onion-celery-apple and mix in the eggs, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add breadcrumbs to the meat mixture and mix well to incorporate.
  • Dampen your hands with water and form the mixture into 6 large patties, each weighing approximately 1/2-pound. Arrange in a large roasting pan so there is a little space between the “steaks,” and bake for 20 minutes.

While the steaks are cooking, make the sauce.

  • Heat olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms and cook until they are browned and release their liquid, about five to seven minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place chopped carrots and onions in a saucepan with 2 cups of water, the soy sauce, pepper, tomato paste, Tabasco and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and boil gently for 5 minutes.
  • Remove carrot-onion mixture from heat and stir in the mushrooms.
  • After 20 minutes, remove steaks from the oven. They will probably stick to the bottom of the pan so you can incline the pan and pour out most of the accumulated fat. You may need to enlist an assistant in this process since the pan will be hot and heavy.
  • Spoon the sauce over and around the steaks and place them back in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.