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Growing up, we always loved Mama’s hamburger steaks. There was nothing like coming home and smelling the onions bubbling in there with the generous hamburger steak patties and knowing we were in for a hearty and delicious supper. I liked mine with extra onions, my sister liked hers without any at all, and Daddy liked whatever Mama put on his plate.
This is a simple recipe and uses the family favorite: ground beef. You know, in the age where we have entire networks devoted to nothing but food, we have surprisingly few tv peeps using ground beef. This is all good and well, of course, but sometimes I think the food channels have greatly overestimated our grocery budgets :).
I try to bring you ground beef recipes every so often because I know how much I rely on it in budget friendly main courses and I’m happy to tell you that when my Quick Fix Supper series starts on Southernliving.com, I will be bringing you even more great ground beef recipes. ~grins proudly~ (it will start soon, and I’ll keep you posted and let you know where to go to watch each episode).
Since I lost everything in my refrigerator and freezers during the days without power following the tornadoes, I was thrilled to get ground beef last week and this is the first thing I made. They were just as good as I remembered growing up and as I’m typing this post up I’m really wishing I had more fresh ground beef in the fridge right now. Maybe you’ll get to make them tonight and I’ll follow the smell and show up at your doorstep. ~grins and knocks~
You’ll need: Ground beef (or chuck, or lean ground beef), all purpose flour (but self rising will work just as well for this), beef broth (or water as a substitute) and a sweet onion (such as vidalia).
If you like, you can also season your ground beef with some seasoned salt or whatever else you’re in the mood for.
Have fun, don’t stress, and make it your own.
Shape your hamburger patties into doughnut shapes.
I’m just making three but you can make however many you’ll need. The reason we shape them into doughnut shapes (which you don’t have to do, of course) is that it helps the meat to cook more evenly and as they cook and shrink up that hole gets filled up anyway.
Now we’re going to take our hamburger patties and just dip them in flour on each side….
Only I forgot to get a picture of that so instead you get a pic of the Royal wedding party assembled on the balcony.
This isn’t just ANY Royal Wedding pic, this is a pic of my cat, Teaspoon, waving from the balcony along with the happy couple (bottom left, in between the bridesmaids)!
You see, our power was out for several days after the tornadoes and I wasn’t able to watch the royal wedding so sweet little Teaspoon decided to hop on a plane and take part on my behalf. Obviously, they were very impressed by her! Check out that wave ~waves back to Teaspoon proudly~ You can click on the photo to make it larger and get a better look at how suave “little t” looks.
Special thanks to my friend Stacey for making all of Teaspoon’s travel arrangements!
Now back to our steaks…
Remember, you are supposed to dip each side in flour but I don’t have a picture of that.
Now we’re gonna add our patties to a skillet which is on medium heat.
You may want to add a tablespoon or two of oil to the skillet and let it heat beforehand if you have a really low fat ground beef (such as lean ground beef or ground chuck) or if your nonstick skillet isn’t quite as nonstick as it used to be.
Let those brown a few minutes on each side.
Then add your sliced onions to the pan.
Cook those until they start getting a bit soft and brown on the edges.
At this point you can drain off and discard the grease if you like.
Now pour in your beef broth (or water).
(I’m only using about a cup here)
Cover and let cook for another ten minutes or so, until your patties are cooked completely through and no longer pink in the center.
When it’s done it’ll look something like this.
Now I like to scoop out my hamburger steaks and then get my onions out with a slotted spoon to serve.
Check out my recipe for Shortcut Potato Salad by clicking here!
- Then wash it all down with fresh Strawberryade
Lots of us have little tips and tricks we use when making hamburger steaks.
I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!
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