Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your spring morning. I made this recipe a few weeks back and it was a huge hit with my family and I figured I would share this with you all. This is such a budget friendly recipe and it has caused me to wonder why should you buy these from the freezer section again? So here we go onto the recipe.
1 Pound of ground beef or you can use turkey or chicken too
3 Large onions
1 Tablespoon of beef base or 2 beef bullion cubes or beef stock or broth
1 Tablespoon of onion powder
1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
1 Tablespoon of thyme
1 Tablespoon of rosemary
1 Pinch of cayanne pepper
1/4 cup of untoasted unseasoned breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound of mushrooms (optional)
1/2 Tablespoon of flour
Before you get started grab one of your large onions and a half of a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Dice up your onion, while your dicing your onion, heat up some of that oil in a frying pan. After your pan and oil is warmed up add in the diced onion. Once the onion is soft, put aside. While that onion is cooling its time to work on the meat. In a large bowl add in your meat, egg, seasonings, breadcrumbs and that onion you just softened. Mix up the meat mixture with your hands until all the seasonings are combined and the egg is mixed through. Put the meat aside and lets start working on the gravy to this. Add in the rest of the extra virgin olive oil and the rest of the onions diced up or cut how you like it. Add in the mushrooms diced and leave them alone. Let the mushrooms soak up the juices from the onion and let the onions become brown in color. Once the onions are caramelized, add in the flour and beef base. Do not add any water to this yet you want the flour to cook out and the beef base to incorporate in your onions and mushrooms. If you use beef broth, dont add it until the flour is incorporated with the onions and mushrooms and its all incorporated. Once everyone is happy and has come together add about a half cup to a cup of water. You are looking for a gravy that will coat the back of the spoon. Now remember all those seasonings I told you to use, go ahead and add some of those to this gravy, it wont be too much in fact it will layer the flavors keeping everything tasting yummy. Grab a large casserole dish and pre heat your oven to 350. Ladle some of that gravy you just made in the bottom of the casserole dish and start forming your steaks. You want to shape them in the form of footballs or oval shaped and you want them about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. Once your steaks are formed add them to the casserole dish and top them with all the gravy. Bake for about an hour depending on your oven. I know it seems pretty involved but I promise you it will take me longer to type all this out than it will for you make this recipe. You can serve with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes whatever you wish. Here is how I served them up and they were huge hit with my family. I will never buy them from the freezer section again that's for sure.
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