Time: 7 hours 25 minutes
Yield: 9 servings
Poor Man's Steak lets you enjoy the classic flavor of Salisbury Steak even when you're on a budget. Ground beef is beefed up with cracker crumbs and then pan-fried into a gorgeously-browned steak. Then it's braised in mushroom soup, giving you a tender, savory dinner with a creamy gravy. Poor Man's Steak is certainly rich in flavor!
Ingredients• 1 cup saltine crackers, crushed • 1/3 cup water • salt, to taste • pepper to taste • 2 pounds of ground beef • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons canola oil • 2 (10.75-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted • mashed potatoes or noodles, optional, cooked and hot • fresh parsley, optional, minced
In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, water, salt, and pepper.
Crumble the beef over the mixture.
Mix lightly but thoroughly.
Press the beef mixture into an ungreased 9-inch square pan.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Cut the beef mixture into 3-inch squares.
Dredge the squares in the flour.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the beef squares in batches and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Transfer the squares to a 3-quart slow cooker using a slotted spatula or slotted spoon.
Add the soup to the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high until the meat is no longer pink, about 4 hours.
Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles and garnish with parsley.