Those who know me well know that I don’t like to cook. At all. I love collecting recipes with the grand hope that someday I will miraculously enjoy cooking, but that hasn’t happened yet. Since I don’t have a personal chef, I do have to cook a few days a week, with my husband and youngest daughter picking up the slack.

So if I’m going to cook, it’s going to be something I really enjoy eating. And one thing I really, really enjoy eating is Salisbury Steak. I was the weird kid in school that got excited over a slab of meat covered in brown gravy. If you don’t know what Salisbury Steak is, its basically meatloaf patties baked in the oven. I haven’t done any research on why they call it Salisbury Steak, but if anyone knows, feel free to educate the rest of us in the comments. 🙂

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As much as I love SS, I’ve never made it before. I came across this recipe for Amish Salisbury Steak, and I decided to give it a try. I won’t post the entire recipe here, but you can click on the recipe name to get it from Recipes Just 4 U.

The first thing I did was soak the saltines in milk.

Then I formed the patties and fried them. I didn’t have any parsley and I used minced onions instead of regular onion. I also added a little Worcestershire sauce to the patties because we like to season our meatloaf and hamburger with it.

Next step: Make the gravy. Here are the pan drippings.

I had trouble with the gravy–it was more like flavored water. I still baked the steaks with it, but I ended up making extra gravy from the powdered stuff I have in my pantry. I don’t think this was the recipes fault, I’m sure it was mine. Here’s what they looked like before and after baking.

Here’s the finished product. If this doesn’t take you back to the school cafeteria (or at least a TV dinner!) then your childhood was different than mine. 🙂

Would I make this again? Absolutely. It was delicious and easy to make–my two requirements for a recipe.

Question: What was your favorite school cafeteria meal?