My hubby is a real meat and potatoes kind of man so I'm always trying to dream up new and improved ways of getting dinner on the table that he will enjoy.
One of our go-to meals is round steak or cube steak cooked in the crockpot with cream of mushroom soup or brown gravy mix, which he prefers over mashed potatoes (he even likes instant, so there ya go). The problem is that cube steak and/or round steak is kind of pricey!
I had a brain storm Monday and decided to try out a similar method for making Doug's go-to meal with hamburger meat. The one thing I was concerned about was that since we are gone from home for so long during the day, that the long cook time until we got home would pretty much cook the hamburger patties down to nothing. The solution I came up with was to use hand patted, frozen hamburger patties, which I normally keep in baggies in my freezer for days when we need a quick fix in the kitchen. (Normally, I just cook them in a skillet with a lid as hamburgers/ cheeseburgers from frozen until they are done.) I figured frozen hamburger patties would be small enough that they would have time to thaw and cook and yet not overcook throughout the day.
Boy, was I right! Doug peeled and sliced a few potatoes into the crockpot before we left since he likes potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes. He only sliced two into the crockpot since I planned on having noodles with mine.
Hamburger is SOOOO much cheaper than steak and throwing frozen hamburger patties, adding a packet of gravy mix and some water in a crockpot can't get any easier for busy mornings. This meal turned out completely over-the-top wonderful! Definitely I will be making this often!
This meal was reminiscent for me of the TV dinners I ate at my granny's house when I was little. Yummy little meat patties covered in thick brown gravy.
Here's how I made EASY CROCKPOT SALISBURY STEAK at home my way:
Easy Crockpot Salisbury Steak
- Hand patted, FROZEN hamburger patties (I just pat some decent burger into patties, and store individually in my freezer in baggies. You could also freeze them and stack with wax paper in between - you do neet to get them apart.)
- 1 package cheap brown gravy mix (mine came from Aldi)
- 2 cups water
- Salt/pepper/onion powder
- Optional: Sliced/peeled potatoes (lengthwise), carrots, whatever vegetables you like. This would be great with some mushrooms as well!
Thickening (for after you get home, but before you eat):
- 3/4 cup COLD water
- 3 heaping Tablespoons flour
Place frozen hamburger patties in your crockpot first. Salt & pepper a little.
Top with any vegetables you are using, if any. Sprinkle with seasonings like onion powder, salt, pepper.
In a measuring cup, measure the 2 cups of water, and add the gravy mix. Stir until smooth.
Pour over vegetables and frozen patties in the crockpot.
Cook on LOW all day! (At least 8-10 hours).
WHEN YOU GET HOME:
Measure 3/4 cups COLD water in a cup (it has to be COLD). Add 3 heaping Tablespoons flour and stir until smooth (should be like a runny milkshake). Pour into crockpot and stir gently.
Replace crockpot lid and let cook while you are getting the rest of your dinner ready. I made a side, some noodles for me, and mixed up some Homemade Biscuits. (mmmm!)
Let the thickening in the crockpot cook another 15 or 20 minutes until thick (while you change your clothes, let the dog in- stuff like that).
Now dive in and be so glad that you threw all of this in the crockpot! YUM!
(Any leftovers will make a great vegetable soup base or even a pot pie!)