Monday, May 26, 2008

Smothered hamburger steak

I used to work in a restaurant that sold a hamburger steak. It was basically ground beef smushed flat before being grilled and then smothered in a brown onion gravy. I actually never tasted it, although served it many times. The other night I was insprired to create my own version of it.

1 tsp oil
1 lb ground beef
2 slices dry bread, crumbled
2 eggs
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp beef bouillon

Heat oil in a large frying pan over med-high heat.

In a bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, eggs, Worcestershire, garlic and a little salt and pepper. Shape into four flat patties about 1/2 inch think. Cook in frying pan for about 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you generaly like your burgers. Once cooked, remove the hamburger steaks and place them on a plate covered with aluminum foil to keep hot.

Sauté the onions in the frying pan with the drippings from the steaks. Once soft, add the mushrooms and cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and bouillon and stir to coat evenly. Pour in 1/2 the milk and stir well, dissolving any lumps of flour. Continue stirring until the gravy begins to thicken. Slowly add remaining milk 1/4 cup at a time. Once all the milk has been added, continue stirring until it reaches desired thickness. Taste and add salt and/or pepper. A pinch of rosemary is nice too.

Serve over hamburger steaks with white rice.

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