Salisbury Steaks with French Onion Gravy

Total Time:
50 min
15 min
35 min

4 servings

  • EVOO for liberal drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • Salt and coarse black pepper
  • Ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pieces stale white bread, crust trimmed
  • Milk or half-n-half
  • About 1 2/3 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • Watercress, for garnish, optional

Place a drizzle of EVOO in a skillet over medium heat and melt the butter into the oil. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, a little ground thyme and add the bay. Caramelize the onions until very soft and sweet and light golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, soak the bread in milk or half-n-half. Place the meat in a bowl and add the egg. Squeeze out the bread and crumble into crumbs as you add to the bowl. Add the Worcestershire and grated onion to the beef. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and combine. Form into 4 (1-inch thick) oval loaves. Heat a drizzle of EVOO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the loaves and cook until cooked through, about 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Transfer the meat to a plate.

Sprinkle the flour over the caramelized onions, stir 1 minute. Deglaze the pan you cooked the meat in with the wine and pour into the onions. Add the beef stock and thicken a moment. Serve the gravy over the Salisbury steaks. Garnish with a little watercress, if desired.

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Wow! This is a keeper. My son and husband loved it - and I did too. The only suggestion I have is - make more gravy! Not more of the onions - but add more broth, etc so you have more gravy. This recipe has a rich flavor. The ingredients really come together to make this dish special. I'm going to make it again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. As with many of Rachael's dishes, it took me long to prep than the recipe said. Definitely cook the flour in the onions for two minutes. This beats my mother's old recipe (which used canned onion soup) by miles, The recipe doesn't specify this unless you click through on the red link but when carmalizing onions, you have to do it on low heat and stir often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Loved everything about this. I believe some of the complainers didn't cook the flour enough. Although it's recommended to cook the flour with the onions for 1 minute, 2 minutes is better because then you're certain that the raw flour taste is gone. You rock Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very nice. I haven't had homemade (not the TV frozen stuff) salisbury steak since the 70s. I needed to use up thawed hamburger, and I had mushrooms one step from penicillin! So...I had a wonderful mushroom onion gravy that made everyone very happy. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Thank you, Rachael, for another outstanding meal. My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This might be one of the worst recipes I have ever made. This is not Salisbury steak. It's more of a meatloaf than anything else. The french onion gravy was absolutely disgusting and way too rich. I will never make this recipe again. Not sure what Rachel Ray was thinking but this was REALLY bad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The salisbury steaks were moist and flavorful. The French onion gravy is the best gravy I've ever had. It was well worth the time and effort to make this dish. My family ate it all. There were no leftovers tonight! Although, I did make a lot of extra gravy (we're a gravy kind of family and I added more flour to the onions and 4 cups beef stock instead of 1. The onions in the gravy were perfectly carmelized and really knocked it out of the ball park. Definitely worth it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best gravy we have tasted in a while. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We LOVED this! I used 2/3 ground beef & 1/3 ground pork, just for the fun of it. I removed the steaks, deglazed the pan with Red Moscato wine, poured the already made gravy into it and returned the steaks to the same pan. I t was awesome!! Thanks Rachel! We also made the "Gruyere Smashed Potatoes" to go with the steaks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very enjoyable. Quick, easy, not an overwhelming amount of ingredients, inexpensive to make if you keep basics around the house. Also, easy to modify if you're missing an ingredient or two. The 1st time I made it, I didn't have any wine or worcestershire handy so I skipped the wine and added about a tablespoon of soy sauce to the beef instead of worcestershire. I also added finely minced bell pepper to my ground beef. Love the flavor it gives. Best as written but still delicious if you need to sub. Everyone loves it either way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So why are you so cheap with the stars? You liked it. Your family liked it, and you've admitted to using less-than-great ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There is never a time when it is ok to be rude. I have no problem with the fact that this is not a recipe you enjoyed. I do have a problem with rude. Constructive criticism is not only appreciated by the author but also by the reader of your review. Please take a moment in the future and write a review as if it is a review of your work and effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent advice. Let's not be hurtful to the author of the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
She or he is probably just a bad cook! Some people cannot even boil water and then blame the author of the recipe. Pretty funny not too many people shared the opinion - which was non-existent. I mean was there too many onions. Your meat was probably dry and overcooked and you probably didn't cook out your flour. Try again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe it's the way you made it. Did you follow the instructions exactly? I did and it came out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had the exact opposite review of this recipe. Wow... it was bad. Glad you enjoyed it, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once was enough. I've flagged your comment. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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