The traditional Salisbury steak recipe, done Amish style. Delicious flavor! What is not to like?
Amish cooking is synonymous with fresh ingredients that satisfy any hungry family. The Amish have a rich culinary heritage that is very popular with home cooks everywhere. Whether it is a recipe for Apple cream pie, their favorite snickerdoodles, or some Amish Cinnamon bread, “Amish cooking” means hearty and savory foods. And most importantly, Amish food spells “comfort food.”
When I was young, we did not have much money to spread to food for 6 children, so my mother often used ground beef and Salisbury steak is one dish that we often had. I used to just love the delicious gravy and it did not feel anything like eating a hamburger, which, really, is basically what it is. Since it is called Salisbury steak, we felt like we were fine dining! (And to make sure, the patties were oblong shaped, not round like hamburgers.)
And the gravy…it was to die for! We’d always have crusty bread to sop it up, and looked forward to being able to do so.
This recipe for Salisbury steak is full of flavor, easy to make and will satisfy the hungriest of eaters. Your family will ask to have it again and again!
This is a basic meat and potatoes recipe. Serve it with creamy mashed potatoes, and a tasty side vegetable for a wholesome Amish meal that will make you think you are eating in one of the Amish family eating houses in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- FOR THE PATTIES:
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 tsp salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten (I use free range eggs)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 6 crackers, broken
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- ⅛ teaspoon oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon basil
- FOR THE GRAVY
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A pinch of oregano and basil
- Soak the crackers in the skim milk and set aside. Drain off the milk just before you make the patties.
- Combine all of the ingredients for the patties in a bowl. Then shape mixture into oblong shaped patties and brown slightly on each side in a non stick frying pan.
- Save the drippings. and place them in a baking dish.
- Make the gravy by adding 3 cups water to the beef drippings. Combine the 2 tbsp of flour with water.
- Bring to a boil, and add the flour mixture to boiling drippings in a thin stream.
- Whisk quickly and constantly to prevent lumps.
- Season with salt and pepper and the seasonings, and heat until the gravy is thickened.
- Pour the gravy over the beef patties and bake at 400* for 30 minutes.
- Serve with mashed potatoes and crusty bread for a real comfort food treat.