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Salisbury Steaks and Mashed Potatoes

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An updated version of the classic Salisbury steak with chunky mashed potatoes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
An updated version of the classic Salisbury Steaks with chunky Mashed Potatoes. A childhood favorite from the 1950s and 60s. https://www.lanascooking.com/salisbury-steaks-mashed-potatoes/

An updated version of the classic Salisbury Steaks with chunky Mashed Potatoes. A childhood favorite from the 1950s and 60s.

For most of my sisters’ and my childhood our mother stayed at home and took care of us. For years and years she did mountains of laundry, kept a neat and organized home for us, and cooked three meals a day. Three full meals. With a family of five that was a lot of laundry, housework, and cooking!

An updated version of the classic Salisbury Steaks with chunky Mashed Potatoes. A childhood favorite from the 1950s and 60s. https://www.lanascooking.com/salisbury-steaks-mashed-potatoes/

I think it was around the time that my youngest sister started to school that Mama decided to go into business for herself. She’s very artistic and has always had a real flair for working with flowers, so she opened up her own floral shop.

Her florist was inside our enclosed garage which was about 10 steps from the back door. So now, in addition to all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry, she had a full-time business. A business practically in the house with her. A very successful business which didn’t even give her a chance to get away from the house for a few hours a day.

I can remember many days waking up to find Mama had already been at work for several hours in the florist and was coming in to prepare everyone’s breakfast. I can also remember many days when Mama cooked supper, got us all bathed and tucked into bed and went back out to the florist to work some more. There were nights when she never put her head on a pillow but worked right through until daybreak. Thankfully those were rare occasions – large weddings and the like.

Let’s Give Mom a Break

Every once in a while, on those busiest days, Mama would accept a little help with meals. We’d order hamburgers from one of the local restaurants or Daddy would take us out to “Nick and Jean’s,” one of the few sit-down restaurants in our little town.

And then sometimes, but just rarely, Mama would let us have “TV dinners.” Oh, what a treat we thought that was. Now, this was the 1960’s and TV dinners were the height of space age convenience. A complete meal frozen in a little aluminum tray. No prep work. No cooking or clean up. Pop the whole thing in the oven for about 30 minutes and out came dinner.

What a very modern family we were with our TV dinners! And, of course, you had to enjoy your TV dinner on a TV tray while watching TV. Who remembers those folding metal TV trays?

Oh, Those TV Dinners!

Mama would let us choose whichever kind of TV dinner we wanted. Not that the choices were very wide-ranging. Best I remember there were fried chicken dinners, turkey and dressing dinners and, my favorite, Salisbury Steaks. Oh yeah, that little seasoned ground beef patty floating in gravy accompanied by mashed potatoes, peas, and carrots. Yum. Well, we thought so back then anyway.

In a fit of nostalgia a few days ago, I began to wonder if I could create an updated Salisbury steak. One that would fit more with today’s tastes and diet, and I think I’ve come up with a pretty good one here. If you were a child in the 60s growing up with all the new space age inventions and conveniences, I think you’ll appreciate this recipe. Be sure to let me know what you think!

How to Make Salisbury Steaks with Mashed Potatoes

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To Make the Steaks

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix lightly until well combined. Divide in half and form two patties.

Beef patties cooking in a skillet.

Add the patties to the heated skillet and cook until nicely browned on both sides. Remove patties from the skillet and set aside.

Onions, mushrooms, and seasonings added to the skillet.

Remove excess fat from the skillet, leaving only about 2-3 tablespoons. Add the sliced mushrooms, chopped onion, and thyme. Cook until the mushrooms are browned and the onions are translucent. 

Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and onions in the pan. Stir and cook for two or three minutes. Add the beef broth. Cook, stirring, until the mixture begins to thicken. 

Beef patties returned to the pan with the gravy.

Return the steaks to the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the gravy is thick and the steaks are cooked through.

Make the Mashed Potatoes

Cut the cleaned potatoes into large chunks. Place them in a pot with enough water to cover by 1/2 inch. Add the salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until potatoes are done. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot off the heat. 

Cooked potatoes in a pot with butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.

Add the butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mash with a potato masher or beat with a handheld mixer. Add enough milk to bring the potato mixture to desired thickness.

Serve the steaks over a mound of potatoes drizzled with pan gravy.

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An updated version of the classic Salisbury Steaks with chunky Mashed Potatoes. A childhood favorite from the 1950s and 60s. https://www.lanascooking.com/salisbury-steaks-mashed-potatoes/

Salisbury Steaks and Mashed Potatoes

An updated version of the classic Salisbury steak with chunky mashed potatoes.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the steaks:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 green onions chopped (optional)

For the potatoes:

  • 2 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes scrubbed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk (up to ½ cup if needed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the steaks:

  • Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix lightly until well combined. Divide in half and form two patties.
  • Add the patties to the heated skillet and cook until nicely browned on both sides.
  • Remove patties to the skillet and set aside.
  • Remove excess fat from the skillet, leaving only about 2-3 tablespoons.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms, chopped onion, and thyme. Cook until the mushrooms are browned and the onions are translucent.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and onions in the pan. Stir and cook for two or three minutes.
  • Add the beef broth. Cook, stirring, until the mixture begins to thicken.
  • Return the steaks to the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the gravy is thick and the steaks are cooked through.

For the potatoes:

  • Cut the cleaned potatoes into large chunks. Place them in a pot with enough water to cover by 1/2 inch.
  • Add the salt.
  • Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until potatoes are done.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot off the heat.
  • Add the butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  • Mash with a potato masher or beat with a handheld mixer.
  • Add enough milk to bring the potato mixture to desired consistency.
  • Serve the steaks over a mound of mashed potatoes drizzled with the gravy and garnished with chopped green onions.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1259mg | Potassium: 1673mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Funny story, when my brother and sister (and myself) were little in the 90’s my mom would sometimes buy Salisbury Steak from the grocery story (the Banquet kind) and we would DIE for it! We loved it to much, one time my mom asked my brother what he wanted for dinner and he was like “I want steak, we had it a little bit ago” and she was sitting there thinking “steak? when did we have steak?” And he told her the kind in the package with the gravy and she found out it was salisbury steak! It was such a cute moment because she thought he really wanted an actual steak!

    I must make this recipe soon!

  2. Thanks for the beautiful story, and the great recipe… I’m just about to serve it… looks terrific…

  3. Wow…your mom sounds like super woman!! I love salisbury steak…and for me (sadly) tv dinners were more the norm in my pre-teen and teen years in the 80’s. Of course by then the microwave was all the rage so the aluminum foil was replaced with plastic wrap. ;)

  4. So funny, I was thinking of treating hubs to Salisbury Steak and mushrooms when he gets back from traveling. We never had TV dinners growing up, but my mama did make Salisbury steak :)

  5. so fun to read and oh yes do I remember those metal TV trays, we were not too big on TV dinners but we sure like to eat in front of the TV, still do from time to time…
    nice sals steak, I enjoy a hamburger steak every so often, with mushroom gravy and ya know, guess it never connected as being Salisbury…

  6. How ironic. Your meal, was our meal last night, but I made hassleback potoatoes instead of mashed. In hindsight, mashed or even rice, would have been a better choice, as hasslebacks are not the greatest for soaking up the gravy. : – (
    I honestly think next time I might *gasp* break down & buy regular ground beef for our salisbury steak. I find the lean ground beef makes the salisbury steak a wee bit tough even though it’s just barely cooked past the pink stage.

    Oh gosh, I remember eating TV dinners off metal trays watching the Ed Sullivan show, or I love Lucy, or Whats my line, or whatever, as well! I know my Mother really enjoyed the ease of TV dinners once in while, as she worked full time even back then. My sibbling & I were the classic Latch key kids, as were many of our school mates who had working parents. I wonder if theres even such a thing allowed nowadays?

    It’s funny. The old saying, what goes around, comes around, is so very true.
    Now being in our senior years, & for years scorning foods such as TV dinners, as unhealthy food for our now, adult children, my DH & I started buying TV dinners again, a few months ago. I’d noticed them in a grocery store flyer, 6 dinners for 10 dollars, and thought, what the heck, lets give them a try & see how they’ve changed.

    Now we enjoy a TV dinner as a quick supper every two weeks, most always, on a saturday or sunday, as the weekends have us out and about so much. We eat them the same as we did when we were youngsters. In front of the TV, off a tray, but the trays are no longer metal, they’re made of sturdy wood.
    Our favorites are salisbury steak, & turkey dinner. Really, how easy can that be when you arrive home, tired & hungry? Meat, potatoes, vegetables & a mini dessert, hot and ready to eat in no time!! : – )

  7. Wow, your Mom sounds amazing! I remember those TV dinners – I think my mother only let me have them once – I didn’t like them so that was that (yeah, I know, spoiled child!!)
    I’ve had Salisbury Steak on the brain too but haven’t gotten around to making it but I am now inspired to!!

    1. She is amazing, Nancy. She has spent her whole life working and taking care of people. First me and my sisters, then my Daddy through years of fighting lung cancer, and now she cares for her 96 year old mother. In between all that she ran a successful floral business, then she was head of the local chamber of commerce. After she retired she ran for and was elected chairperson of the county commission.

  8. Oh yes, we thought that it was the coolest thing in the world to have TV dinners. Remember that there were some where you peeled back a part of the foil, and left on the other part? That was like “super science.”

    I never really liked the meats, but always thought that the mashed potatoes were pretty good. Loads of sodium and starch have always appealed to me. Potatoes, and the apple cobbler if we were lucky enough to get one with a dessert.

    Thanks for reminding me.

    Miss P

    1. Yes, I remember those. You peeled back the part over the dessert so it would brown up a little in the oven. And, yeah, the whole thing could have been starch as far as I was concerned. I was a little carb cruncher even back then :-)

  9. Lana!! I thank you so much for this recipe, I love salisbury steak, but believe it or not, I have never prepare it. I like and appreciate your recipe very much! Thanks