A few nights ago, I wanted to make something that didn't use a lot of ingredients but was still gourmet and delicious. I started to come up with a meat and potatoes idea, so then that veered towards Salisbury Steak with Potatoes au Gratin. This recipe is good for anything from a weeknight dinner to a special occasion!
Step 1: Making the Potatoes Au Gratin!
**You want to prepare the potatoes and get them in the oven before you start cooking the meat so they will be done at the same time.**
This potato dish is easy to prepare, and your family will LOVE it.
3 or 4 medium russet potatoes, sliced
1/2 small onion, sliced into rings
about 3/4 cup milk, more may be needed
about 1/2 cup chedder cheese, cut into squares
Preheat the oven to 400. Layer half of the potatoes in a glass "meatloaf" dish. Add on half of the onions. Add the other half of the potatoes and the other onions. Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper.
Make the cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a small pot on medium. Add in the flour and stir until well combined. Let cook for a minute to cook out the floury taste. Add in half of the milk and stir until it is all combined. Add in the cheese and a little more of the milk. Stir until all the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add in some pepper and a little salt and stir again. Add in the rest of the milk and more, if desired, and stir...again. When the mixture's thickness is where you want it, take it off the heat and pour it over the potatoes and onions. Cook in the oven at 400 until potatoes are fork tender, about 40 minutes.
Step 2: Making the Salisbury Steak!
1 pound ground beef
1 pkg. onion soup or dip mix
1Tsp. onion powder.*
1Tsp italian seasoning*
Mix together all the ingredients. Form into patties. I made about 8 patties out of it. Fry in a pan until the inside is cooked through. (Just fry them like birgers, really) When they are done, put them on a coffee filter or a paper towel to drain the fat. Serve warm with ketchup.
*You don't have to use these, just use what you like or whatever is on hand.