Saturday, March 24, 2012

French-Onion Salisbury Steak

Since we both love French-Onion Soup, I knew this recipe would be a winner for us. It had the toasted bread with cheese, topped with a burger and covered in a sauce containing onions and beef broth with other ingredients similar to the famous French Onion Soup. This recipe did not disappoint me in any way; it was the best of both worlds, a burger combined with the flavors of the soup. I made a side of glazed carrots and dinner was fabulous.

French-Onion Salisbury Steak
Adapted from Cuisine at Home for Two

For the Salisbury Steaks:
3/4 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced scallions
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons olive oil

For the Onion Sauce:
1 cup sliced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

To serve:
Cheese Toasts (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, divided
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Combine ground beef, 2 tablespoons parsley, scallions, salt, and pepper; shape into two oval patties. Place 2 teaspoons flour in a shallow dish; dredge each patty in flour.

Heat oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and saute until browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove patties from pan.

Add onions to pan; saute 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir in garlic and tomato paste; saute until paste begins to brown, about 1 minute. Sprinkle mixture with remaining 1 teaspoon flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, wine and thyme.

Return patties to the pan and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pan and simmer patties in sauce for 10 minutes.

Serve patties on Cheese Toasts with onion sauce ladled over. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan.

Cheese Toasts

2 slices French bread or baguette, cut diagonally 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon softened butter, divided
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
Pinch each paprika and salt
2 tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread on a baking sheet.

Combine butter, garlic, paprika, and salt. Spread on one side of each bread slice. Combine Swiss cheese and Parmesan; sprinkle on buttered bread slices. Bake croutons until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes.

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