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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 10:47 AM

Does the mention of salisbury steak make you gag?

I was looking at a site for vegan recipes and came across one for Salisbury steak. In MY defense, I am running out of meal ideas that I am not tired of making and grocery shopping today isn't what is used to be.

My husband shuddered. Made that face like he smelled something terrible. I said ?

"That's the nasty stuff from tv dinners.Why would anybody want to make that?"

Isn't it basically hamburger with mushroom gravy? Is that horrible?

We didn't have tv dinners when I grew up. I bought them a few times when I was in my 20's but I remember fish sticks or something.

Thoughts?

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Reply Does the mention of salisbury steak make you gag? (Original post)
Phentex Jun 19 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 19 #1
JenniferJuniper Jun 19 #2
Phentex Jun 19 #7
PoliticAverse Jun 19 #3
Phentex Jun 19 #6
luvs2sing Jun 19 #4
Phentex Jun 19 #5
luvs2sing Jun 19 #9
Phoenix61 Jun 19 #8
ms liberty Jun 19 #12
Blue_playwright Jun 20 #28
The Polack MSgt Jun 19 #10
Laelth Jun 19 #11
Phentex Jun 20 #25
keithbvadu2 Jun 19 #13
Phentex Jun 20 #26
Polly Hennessey Jun 19 #14
Phentex Jun 20 #27
gibraltar72 Jun 19 #15
procon Jun 19 #16
Vinca Jun 19 #18
procon Jun 19 #19
Vinca Jun 20 #23
Laelth Jun 19 #20
procon Jun 19 #21
Laelth Jun 19 #22
Blue_playwright Jun 20 #29
Warpy Jun 19 #17
Phentex Jun 20 #24
Warpy Jun 20 #30
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 20 #31
Wawannabe Jun 21 #32
PlanetBev Jun 22 #33

Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 10:50 AM

1. I remember salisbury steak tv dinners from way back. We loved them.

I'd probably hate them now, but kids often like crappy food. Whether vegan Salisbury steak would be edible is a different question; I haven't found any faux-meat vegan food yet that didn't have weird texture and no flavor.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 10:52 AM

2. Nasty stuff from grade school lunches,

every other Tuesday for some reason.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:03 AM

7. I probably liked it...

but I don't remember anything being called that.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 10:58 AM

3. It's basically oblong shaped hamburger with a brown gravy.

And yes, many of us (non-fondly) remember a very low end version from TV dinners.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:02 AM

6. Thanks.

My experience with tv dinners is limited but I don't think I cook anything that comes close to that.

I can't even imagine his mom buying them too often. They had 5 kids.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 10:59 AM

4. I make it occasionally.

My husband knows it as ďhamburger steakĒ. Neither one of us has any negative reaction to it. I remember seeing the TV dinners in the store, but my mother rarely bought them and when she did, it was always turkey, meat loaf, or fried chicken. My husbandís mother and grandmother, who lived with them, cooked from scratch. Iím not sure he ever had a TV dinner.

Now that I think about it, my Salisbury steak recipe is the one my mother used. Lots of onion and garlic mixed in for good flavor.

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Response to luvs2sing (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:01 AM

5. Yeah, I looked at it like a cousin to meatloaf...

just was not expecting such a visceral reaction. I'm about ready to close the kitchen for the summer, lol.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:12 AM

9. It is similar. Pan-fried meat loaf.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:09 AM

8. Nope! I make it with mushroom gravy and

Smashed taters on the side (red-skin with the skins on, sour cream and butter) Dang. Now Iím hungry.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:47 AM

12. That sounds delish. n/t

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:36 AM

28. I make it a lot, too.

But I confess that I even like the crappy On-Cor version. Nice and salty lol

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:15 AM

10. my wife(from Japan) grew up calling it Hamburg Steak

And she still makes it. Her recipe is basically a stove top meat ball squished into an oval with mushroom gravy

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:27 AM

11. A Salisbury steak is GOOD eating, if you ask me.

My daughter is fanatical about them and insists upon them from time to time. Of course, I have always been of the opinion that English cuisine is underrated.

However, I sympathize with your husbandís reaction. I react similarly to tuna casserole. Thatís something I hope to never eat again in my life.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:28 AM

25. Oh the tuna casserole...

As a young person, I only ever ate tuna in the version of tuna fish from a can. But the thought of anything being cooked with it did not appeal to me. But my tastes have changed and it might be something I'd actually try now. I wouldn't make it, but I would try it if someone else made it.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:53 AM

13. Hamburger that has been tread on by golf spikes.

Hamburger that has been tread on by golf spikes.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:28 AM

26. LOL!

Well there ya go!

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:58 AM

14. I remember my mom's

Salisbury Steak 🥩 and it was good.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:28 AM

27. seems harmless enough to me but

I guess the tv dinner version ruined it for many

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 12:02 PM

15. Good Salisbury steak is quite palatable.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 01:07 PM

16. Dinner tonight!

We love Salisbury Steaks, they are a savory hearty main dish like mini meatloaves without the all leftovers. I mix the ingredients in my stand mixer for a uniform consistency that holds the meat mixture together.

A good gravy is key to making Salisbury Steaks go from ordinary to extraordinary. I start with red wine, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock, adding onions, mushrooms, and roasted garlic, salt and loads of ground pepper.

Salisbury Steaks are best served with creamy mashed potatoes, and mine include more roasted garlic. Add a side dish, like fresh steamed asparagus, to round out your meal.

Yummy!

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Response to procon (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 03:52 PM

18. That's so close to the way I make it! I use shallots instead of onions.

We love it every so often. I think those TV dinners gave it a bad rap.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 04:35 PM

19. I always add a little something extra to my mashed

potatoes. Anything in the onion family that I have on hand is good with me. I've been adding chopped kale, or stirring in bits of broccoli, fresh spinach or cilantro.

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Response to procon (Reply #19)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 07:04 AM

23. That's a good idea. I've got some nice parsley and cilantro in the garden right now.

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Response to procon (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 04:45 PM

20. Right.

I am open for my invitation to dinner. That sounds fantastic.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #20)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 05:10 PM

21. How about a virtual invite?

One of the best things about a dish like Salisbury Steaks is that it's fairly cheap for a weekday family supper, but it can be dressed up with some lovely side dishes to make a meal suitable for guests.

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Response to procon (Reply #21)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 07:59 PM

22. I will gladly accept.



-Laelth

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Response to procon (Reply #16)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:37 AM

29. Ooo I have some black garlic...

Iím going to make it this week with the black garlic...

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2020, 02:42 PM

17. Made well, there is nothing wrong with it

Made poorly, it's like a bad covered dish supper meatloaf and the mushroom gravy swears with it.

The recipe was concocted by a doctor who recommended beef to his patients but found some lacked the ability to handle steak and roast beef, dentition being poor in the 19th century. All the recipes are about the same: minced beef, crumbs, egg, onion, salt, pepper. It is most likely one of those things that if you do more to it, you screw it up. I have found that hamburger works less well than cheap meat minced at home, either with a food processor or by hand.

I'm a little intrigued by what goes into a vegan version. I would strongly suspect that if you just called it veggie burger with mushroom gravy, the "ick" would disappear quickly. I don't know what you could do to beans, seitan, or any other vegan protein to make it come out like bad covered dish meatloaf. That is truly the stuff of nightmares.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #17)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:24 AM

24. very interesting...

This version uses lentils and mushrooms (which many "meaty" vegan dishes use) so I was thinking that they called it steak to appeal to converted vegans. I love a good lentil meatloaf although that one is called lentil loaf, lol.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #24)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 11:43 AM

30. Back in the day, I found a little ground seitan or bulgur went a long way

toward giving lentil loaf and bean chili enough "bite" that it wasn't like eating savory marshmallow. Finely chopped walnuts and pecans also helped a lot. That's the only thing that annoyed me about being veg, most of it was mushy.

These days, what little meat I eat is a flavoring, not a main event. I routinely get 3-4 meals out of one chicken breast. I have an allergy to wheat (asthma), so most of the convenience foods are out were I to try to go back to being vegetarian.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Sat Jun 20, 2020, 04:02 PM

31. A good Salisbury steak is wonderful.

Why a vegan would want an ersatz version is beyond me.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Sun Jun 21, 2020, 09:21 PM

32. I would agree the tv dinner ones are to be avoided

But Iíve made homemade many times. It is basically hamb steak with extra onion powder and garlic. Make your own brown gravy. Cook off some onion...then bake all together for a bit to mingle flavors.

I suppose your vegan recipe calls for mushrooms to be the meat substitute. Go for it!

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 AM

33. Part of 1950's LA Unified School System cafeteria menu

The worst, most craptastic fare. The Salisbury steak looked like dog food. The smell put me off, so I never could eat it.

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