October 7, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson
I now know why bears hibernate in winter…YOU?
I am not a big fan of the Adelaide cold, wintry, rainy weather and then add in high winds like the other day, I am running for comfort food from yesteryear and in my memory, yesterday!
Even though it is now officially Spring here in Adelaide, some days still feel like winter wants to rear its ugly head!
The other day was one such day and somehow, it brought back memories of being in a diner in New York and Salisbury Steak!
For those people who may not be familiar with Salisbury Steak, the term has been used in the United States since 1897!
Salisbury steak is made of up of “beef mince” aka ground beef and “other stuff” lol, and is usually served with a brown gravy sauce!
The ingredients are formed to “resemble a steak!”
I recently came across Michaela from An Affair from the Heart‘s Salisbury Steak Meatballs (A Pioneer Woman‘s Salisbury Steak Meatballs recipe) and even though I have never made Salisbury Steak ever, I do have VERY fond childhood and adult memories of it!
I had to laugh when Michaela asked, “Did you eat Banquet TV dinners growing up?”
Frozen dinners were very popular in the States from the 1950’s until the mid 1980’s.
As a child growing up in New York in the 70’s, it was always a “special treat” to have a Swansan frozen dinner; my choice!
While some people may react to these frozen dinners in a different way, I can assure you, those times were MUCH different than now and food has come a very long way!
One of the most popular (was my dad’s favorite) was the Salisbury Steak Dinner; always a family winner!
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Don’t get me started on the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and the Peach Cake Cobbler!
It didn’t look THAT bad when the packaging changed and had a choice of roast potato and peas!
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Here is the history of the Swansan trays which started off as having to be heated in an oven and now can be easily heated in a microwave.
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See how distracted I get by food, nostalgia and memories?
FAST FORWARD to adulthood….still in New York and STILL love New York diners and New York diner foods!
Many years ago, (as seems like I have now lived in Australia almost forever), Lady Top Cop (her pseudonym) and I used to enjoying going to the local diner with her father and sometimes her uncles.
If anyone has ever been to a diner (worldwide) and/or specifically a New York diner, you will know that it could literally take days to read and absorb the full menu with all the selections, pages and photos!
Most people have their favorite thing to order and thankfully we always had a waitress with “a good sense of New York humor” as she would bring us all the menus and give us time to place our orders.
While we were perusing the numerous things to order and asking each other, “So what are your going to order?”, by then she would have brought our coffees, hot cocoas, ice cream sodas or iced coffees with extra whipped cream depending on the season; she would always somehow “magically” know what we all would order EACH and every time; WHAT a memory!
Lady Top Cop’s father would ALWAYS (and I mean ALWAYS) order Salisbury Steak and whipped mashed potatoes!
We used to jokingly ask him EACH and every time, “Why don’t you try something new?”
His reply would be, “I am and will have the Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes!”
Hopefully, you can FEEL the sentiment today in now having made Salisbury Steak Meatballs with mashed potatoes (and yummy gravy) for the very first time and the Cheshire Cat smile that even the mention of Salisbury Steak creates for me!
For those who follow my blog on a regular basis, would know I LOVE the Keep Calm quotes like recently via Who Wants to Keep Food Calm and Come By And Say G’day and this one made me smile today too!
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These also make me smile too!
Psst…here’s a little secret between you and me!
“FANG LICKED THE PLATE!!!
And said (along with Chef Georgio), “They were GREAT!”
FOLLOW UP NOTES AND SUGGESTIONS?
In order to provide a bit more flavor (and in knowing Chef Georgio loves his pepper sauce), I included “heaped” tablespoons of Homefresh Pepper Gravy Mix (granules) and seeing I like my sauce/gravy to be thick, I included more cornstarch (dissolved in water) than the original recipe calls for!
I diced my onion finely as suggested by Michaela and based on my “frozen food treat” history, mashed potatoes were definitely the perfect accompaniment; Chef Georgio thought so too!
I used two satchels of Bouquet Garni and would highly recommend to include, as opposed to being optional, as I think the herbs added more flavor to the beef broth.
I also simmered the Salisbury Meatballs (covered….as is the key to the texture and how “melt in your mouth” these meatballs can be!) for 40 minutes, instead of the previous suggested time in both recipes.
I will use up some homemade beef broth I have in the freezer, but I thought using Campbell’s Beef Broth (seeing it was Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup from yesteryear) was most appropriate today!
Would you like to try these Salisbury Steak Meatballs now?
Do you enjoy reading about my childhood food memories?
Would you serve these with pasta or potatoes?
Today, you have my curiosity and I would surely like you to PIN, SHARE and COMMENT Are You Curious Why All It Takes Is Salisbury Steak?