Salisbury steak is American Classic hamburger steak with rich brown sauce, gaining popularity after World War 1. This brings back fond memories making 1000’s of them in the 70’s and 80’s. Working in a College Cafe’ and Younker’s Tea Room as a Chef. Todays tastes and life styles changes so this is an updated and refined recipe. This is a classic food that will never go away, by reinvented, and modernized by using the Air Fryer and some super market shortcuts.
Choosing right Salisbury steak meat:
Choosing the right ground beef is important, 85/15% makes a very tasty steak. But if your preference is lower fat version 93/7% lean meat will work with this recipe. This version uses 93/7% lean ground beef with no flavor loss. Using leaner meat and adding extra egg, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, onions, garlic and spices helps keep the flavors.
Mixing the ground beef ingredients is important step and achieving the proper hamburger steak texture. By using a hand mixing technique insures that the meat mixture is mix properly. The steak mixture should have just a slight sticky feeling. This helps bond the proteins together properly, so that the steaks hold together.
Divide the meat mixture into equal portions, form uniform size round ball of meat mixture. Next divide the meat into quarters using knife to portioning the meat. Continue to round each portion of meat into ball, then flatten into oval shaped patty wrapped in plastic wrap. These patties can be made ahead and kept in refrigerator for 2 days or frozen for 1 month.
Using the Air Fryer:
The air fryer is great way to cook the Salisbury steaks, this reduces the heat in the kitchen. Making the whole cooking process quick and easy that can have food ready in under 30 minutes. Setting up the air fryer to 400°F for 15 to 16 minutes, and food is ready to enjoy.
Red Wine Onion Sauce:
Using supermarket short cut this sauce can come together in minutes. The Lipton French Onion Soup mix makes a perfect seasoning for this sauce. By adding some julienne onions, red wine, butter and flour along with French Onion Soup mix to make a simple sauce.