Don’t ask me why these are called cowboy salisbury steaks. Cowboys eat real steaks. That are the size of their heads. Still, I think the name is charming and I loved it. What you’re looking at (pardon the low lighting) are salisbury-style steaks with a yummy sauce, caramelized onions, and delicious, heavenly mushrooms.
Much like my fear of deep-frying, I’m sort of afraid of cooking steaks. Mostly because I don’t really KNOW much about steaks. Or cooking them. We didn’t eat steak growing up. I’d never even tried a steak until I was a senior in high school at a friend’s birthday dinner. We just didn’t do it.
Starting the second half of last year and even more so now, I’ve been trying to eat higher quality meats. Mostly up to this point, this means organic chicken and sustainably caught fish. I’ve had a hard time finding grass-fed beef available in my area (without buying an entire half of an animal–I just don’t have the freezer space), so our “better beef” searches have been mostly fruitless.
Last week, I saw, right at my local market, perfectly portioned 100% all grass-fed organic ground beef. I’m not really much of a ground beef person, but when I saw it in the store after all my high and low searching, I picked some up and decided to make salisbury steaks. I had great inspiration from this site, and knew they’d be great.
We have a shocking lack of man food at home, and I knew my meat-and-potatoes loving husband would appreciate it. The meal felt very homey and old-timey, and maybe that’s where the ‘cowboy’ part of the name comes in. I relied on simple ingredients and even an onion soup mix (which I don’t use often). The results were simple and delicious, especially when paired with mashed potatoes to use up some of that extra sauce.
I can’t even begin to tell you how great the mushrooms were! Michael is NOT a mushroom fan, so I kept the pieces big enough that he could easily put them on my plate instead. It’s a good method that worked well for us.
A note on the onion soup mix: I found an MSG-free organic soup mix to use this time, but if you want to make your own, you can combine 3/4c dried minced onion, 1/3c beef bouillon (msg-free), 4 tsp onion powder, and 1/4tsp sugar. 5 Tbsp of this mix is equal to 1 packet of soup mix.Print
Adapted from Jane Deere