Salisbury Steaks in French Onion Sauce

Salisbury Steaks with French Onion Sauce

This recipe takes the mundane frozen food classic known as Salisbury Steak and kicks it up a notch by pairing it with a french onion sauce and cheese toasts. Even at its best the ‘steak’ itself is merely a glorified burger but when paired with the sauce dare I say gourmet in the same sentence?

The sauce is made in a similar way to french onion soup but with fried onions rather than caramelized ones. Like french onion soup beef broth and red wine are added along with a smidgen of tomato paste, garlic and thyme. The cheese toasts are made with a baguette or Italian bread and seasoned with garlic, paprika and Swiss cheese.

The flavors do resemble that of Salisbury steak. Only better. The sauce is amped up with flavor and the cheese toasts are a nice touch for adding a little something special. These are fairly fast and very easy to make. Don’t let the long ingredient list sway you. Everything can be made right on the stove top including the toasts which I made in my cast iron skillet so I wouldn’t have to turn the oven on.

Supposedly Salisbury steaks were around long before the TV dinners we associate with them were. They scream 1950’s to me. I like to imagine what life was like…curling up on the couch with your family…TV trays loaded down with Salisbury steaks…I Love Lucy on the black and white TV…you know…in the good old days…

French Onion Salisbury Steaks
(adapted from Cuisine At Home)

1 + 1/4 lb. ground Chuck
1/4 cup fresh Parsley, minced
2 tablespoons Scallions, minced
1 tsp. Kosher or Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose Flour
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 cups Onions, sliced
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 tablespoons  Garlic, minced
1 tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 cups Beef Broth
1/4 cup dry Red Wine
3/4 teaspoon Kosher or Sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Thyme
4 teaspoons fresh Parsley, minced
4 tsp. Parmesan cheese, shredded
Cheese Toasts
4 slices French or Italian bread or baguette, cut diagonally (1/2″ thick)
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced
Pinch of Paprika
1/4 cup Swiss cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated

1. Combine ground meat, parsley, scallion, salt and pepper. Divide evenly into 4 portions and shape each into 3/4″-1″ thick oval patties. Place 2 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish; dredge each patty in flour. Reserve 1 teaspoon flour.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and saute 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan.

3. Add onions and sugar to pan; saute 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste; saute 1 minute, or until paste begins to brown. Sprinkle onions with reserved flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and wine, then add the salt and thyme.

4. Return meat to pan and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 10 minutes.  Meanwhile make the cheese toasts.

For the Cheese Toasts

1. Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.

2. Place bread on baking sheet.

3. Combine butter, garlic and paprika and spread on one side of each slice of bread. Combine cheeses and sprinkle evenly over butter. Bake until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly, 10-15 minutes.

4. Serve steaks on Cheese Toasts with onion soup ladled over. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan.

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  1. Bob says

    Heh, I haven't had a salisbury steak since jr high. And I'm guessing this is way better than that was, it looks awesome!

  2. Susi's Kochen u says

    I've made this recipe from Cuisine at Home a while back for the family and we all loved it as well. It is a great flavor combination! Love your pics :o)

  3. Lori says

    Salisbury steak is one of those foods I associate with school lunches, but now I think I'll associate it with this recipe! You've taken it to a whole new level. I think it is time to try it again!

  4. Angie's Recipes says

    I am going to make this onion sauce for the meatballs…it's just irresistible!

  5. Joanne says

    I'll take I Love Lucy and these babies any day! (Minus the styrofoam carton). I love how you spruced them up with French onion sauce…how could anything be bad when covered in that?

  6. Pegasuslegend says

    interesting recipe I have never seen it made this way…growing up we never had onions or red sauce on this one…looks so different…bet it was deicilous!

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