Salisbury Steak Meatballs – Good old fashioned comfort food. These meatballs are cozy and satisfying on their own, but they also pair beautifully with mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash. You’ll want to dive right in!
Did you ever try one of those packaged TV dinners? When I was 12, I babysat for a family when who left them for me to prepare every time I watched their adorable toddler and squashy baby, and I secretly loved them. They were completely novel for me. We didn’t eat many packaged dinners at home, so even though the entrees and sides were only so-so to 12-year-old-me, the novelty of an instant meal and (let’s be honest) the chocolate pudding was what really sealed the deal for me.
We moved across the country shortly after that, and I haven’t eaten another TV dinner since, but that little memory is what comes to mind whenever I think of salisbury steak.
Thankfully, this take on salisbury steak is much more delicious (if not as instant) and healthy than that TV dinner. Plus, I’ve miniaturized it into meatball form, which my whole family loves. Let’s break it down…
Salisbury steak isn’t really steak at all. It’s one of those kitschy budget-friendly recipes you might have easily seen on a table decades ago (a la meatloaf), but isn’t quite as common today. Made from ground beef and topped with a simple gravy/sauce, it’s one of those dishes that says comfort to me.
I much prefer to make meatballs instead of little hamburger-shaped patties. It makes scooping up portions much easier with all the different sizes/appetites of eaters in our house, and I also really love anything miniature. The sauce comes together in no time and is mayyyyybe my favorite part. I love this dish on its own, paired with a side salad and some fruit. Michael LOVES it nestled into a warm scoop of mashed potatoes (or you can use mashed cauliflower).
It’s classic comfort at its finest. While it might not be the fanciest dish around, it certainly is one of the coziest!
Notes on the Recipe:
Breadcrumbs vs. Almond meal. I’ve made this with breadcrumbs and almond flour and both have worked well for me. Use what works well for you. If you’re not gluten free, breadcrumbs might be easier. If you’re paleo, the almond flour is a great choice!
What about the eggs? If you have an egg allergy, you’ll find that the meatballs don’t bind together *quite* as well without them. If you need to skip the egg, you can try using some extra veggies (as in these meatballs) instead.
Cornstarch vs. Arrowroot. Cornstarch has been much more reliable for me. I use non-GMO cornstarch and don’t have an issue with it, but if you’re sensitive to corn or avoid it (as in Paleo-style eating), you can absolutely use arrowroot. You’ll just want to be sure your sauce doesn’t bubble too long, as arrowroot can lose it’s binding qualities when cooked too long.