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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    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.
    Fantastic! Thank you, Rachael, for another outstanding meal. My family loved it.
    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.
    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!
    Maybe it's the way you made it. Did you follow the instructions exactly? I did and it came out great.
    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!!!
    I had the exact opposite review of this recipe. Wow... it was bad. Glad you enjoyed it, though.
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    Best gravy we have tasted in a while.
    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.
    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.
    This is such a good recipe! My boyfriend went for seconds and made me keep the leftovers all for him. The gravy has a nice bite from the wine (I used Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc. I ended up forming the ground beef into a "meatloaf" and baked it instead of cooking the separate steaks. I also made the gruyere smashed potatoes which were excellent with this! Will def make this again!
    This was some thing different to do with our hamburger for my family, and I will be making this again! I didn't follow the recipe exactly, I added different seasons to my meat such as garlic salt, did not use wine but instead used more broth and I had added milk and butter to my gravy. Taste test and adjust it to your likes and you will enjoy this meal!! :
    easy to make and tasty.
    This salisbury steak is just like the one my mom used to make. brings Back some wonderful memories. I don't like the taste of the wine in the gravy so I just increase the beef broth, I think it makes it taste that much richer. Thanks Rachael for this one as Mom is in Heaven now and this dinner made it almost seem like she was at the table. Almost felt like she was in the kitchen helping to make it.
    this was delicious and we have given receipe tp many friends
     this was delicious and we have given receipe to many friends. hope to find more like this one.
    Great recipe everyone enjoyed. Easy with simple ingredients. Gravy was perfect! I had to stop my husband from going for seconds... reminded him what a nice lunch he'll have next day! I added garlic to the gravy, we love garlic, but it would still be good without.
    Easy and quick to make and very good! my family loved it.
    tasty easy to make and feeds the crew you will look like chef its a winner at my house the salisbury steak has a great flavor the gravy is good great middle of the week dish did the recipe as is. turned out great family wants it again no better judge then when they want it again soon thanks rachael you saved hamburger night again
    This is super easy and the gravy is fantastic. I make the gravy to use with other recipes. We just love it.
    Excellent! The gravy has a wonderful flavor.
    Made this the other night. I, nor the rest of the family liked it.
    easy and delicious - even kids helped!
    Delicious!! Big hit at my dinner table!
    Great dinner! Mine took longer than 15 min to cook, probably they were too thick. Also, I forgot to buy wine so I just increased the beef broth and added some butter at the end. So good! Bonus - these make great next day sandwiches on a roll with some melted cheese. Very delicious.
    The meat has really nice flavor, the gravy was OK..The adults loved the dish, but the teenagers didn't like it at all.
    What a great dish!
    As other reviewers stated, this is a family pleaser. Dad and teenage boys agreed this MUST go on our "regular rotation" of meals. The grated onion in the patty is one of the keys! Made the gravy and steaks exactly as called for in the recipe and they turned out fantastic.
    Made this in a deconstructed fashion, skipped the bread and egg and browned the meat as you would for a meat sauce. I then combined it with the onion gravy and served over egg noodles. It was great !
    This is GREAT! I added some sliced baby bellas to the onions for a bit of extra goodness. My husband proclaimed "this one is a keeper" so I know it will be one of my go to dishes. Thanks, as always, Rachel :D
    This was awesome! Even had young kids tell me what a good cook I was. Thanks Rachel
    The gravy was good, but the meat was uck! Too moist, and no flavor. I'll stick to my regular Salisbury Steak recipe. :-( 
    What a waste of ground sirloin.
    The best gravy I've ever tasted.
    This was Delicious, My mailman told me that his wife made it and when I got home that day what do you know Rachael was on with the recipe. I made it a few days later and my Husband who doesn't like meatloaf or Salisbury steak loved it and my Daughter who doesn't like onions raved about the gravy, I had skillfully left her portion of onion chunks out of her gravy.
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