Poor Man's Steak

Posted: May 18

Time: 7 hours 25 minutes

Yield: 9 servings

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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!


• 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


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, water, salt, and pepper.

Step 2

Crumble the beef over the mixture.

Step 3

Mix lightly but thoroughly.

Step 4

Press the beef mixture into an ungreased 9-inch square pan.

Step 5

Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Step 6

Cut the beef mixture into 3-inch squares.

Step 7

Dredge the squares in the flour.

Step 8

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.

Step 9

Add the beef squares in batches and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Step 10

Transfer the squares to a 3-quart slow cooker using a slotted spatula or slotted spoon.

Step 11

Add the soup to the slow cooker.

Step 12

Cover and cook on high until the meat is no longer pink, about 4 hours.

Step 13

Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles and garnish with parsley.

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