Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hamburger Steak with Creamy Onion Gravy

A diner classic and a southern favorite, seasoned ground beef patties cooked with caramelized onion and gravy is a belly-pleaser.
A diner classic and a southern favorite, seasoned ground beef patties cooked with caramelized onion and gravy is a belly-pleaser.

Hamburger Steak with Creamy Onion Gravy

Hamburger steak should be in everybody's go-to recipe box and this recipe is a perfect combination of flavors. It always gets a boatload of compliments, and isn't that what we're all after in this anyway?

It's a common Southern meal because it's fast and easy and a super delicious comfort food when you put an onion gravy in the mix. The patties are tossed with a bit of chopped onion, simple seasonings, but unlike it's kissin' cousin salisbury steak, the only binder in hamburger steaks should be egg, no bread. Now... that said, I won't be mad at ya if you find that your meat needs a little binder. Use only enough bread crumbs to hold it together though.

By the way if you're short on time or energy, and you have pre-made burger patties on hand, they make a perfectly acceptable stand-in for a speedy transition to dinnertime during the week. Just omit the onion, egg and hot sauce and season the patties.

Then dip each patty into 1/3 cup of flour.

And brown them on both sides in a skillet with a couple tablespoons of hot oil.

Remove and set aside.

Slice up an onion...

...and toss those into the same skillet you cooked the patties in.

While the onions are cooking, mix together 1 cup of beef broth and 1 cup of water, or just use 2 cups of water alone, with some seasoned salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of flour to the seasoned water and whisk that all together well. I like to add a bit of Worcestershire sauce and Kitchen Bouquet too, although neither is necessary if they aren't pantry staples in your house.

A splash of Kitchen Bouquet, which is a dark browning and seasoning sauce and a pantry staple in this part of the Deep South where I'm from, adds a little more richness to the dish and gives it a nice color. It is made of herbs, spices and pureed vegetables. It is used in stews, sauces and gravies to add depth of flavor and often, as here, a deeper color. It's usually found either in the condiments aisle or with the herbs, spices and seasonings.

Slowly add the mixture to the onions...

...and start stirring it up. Cook and stir the mixture and bring it up to a boil. Keep stirring until you see it begin to thicken.

Return the browned patties to the skillet, right into that mess o'gravy, turn 'em and and push 'em around a bit so that some of the gravy goodness seeps right up on top.

Reduce the heat to simmer, cover them bad boys and let 'em cook for another 20 minutes or so.

And voila, delicious and hardy hamburger steaks with luscious onion gravy you're gonna love!

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