Salisbury Meatballs

Once I let the idea of Salisbury steak get into my head, it wasn’t going to go away. I was jonesin’ bad for that mix of beef and pork and my favorite, the brown gravy. But I wasn’t going to make ‘steak’, I was going to make meatballs. And boy, oh boy, did I ever make Salisbury meatballs.
Salisbury Meatballs‘Tender, flavor-packed meatballs smothered in a fantastic sauce’. That’s pretty much all you have to tell me. No more convincing is required. If I read that on a menu, I’d order it. With plenty of mashed potatoes and extra gravy, too. These Salisbury meatballs were absolutely fantastic,

Also try my Salisbury steak.

Salisbury Meatballs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 48 meatballs
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Vegetable oil

For the gravy

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

Instructions

For the meatballs

  • Combine all but the vegetable oil and mix well.
  • Form into meatballs.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Working in batches, add the meatballs and brown on each side and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and cook the remaining meatballs.
  • Use the skillet you use to cook the meatballs to make the gravy.

For the gravy

  • Add the butter to the skillet and melt.
  • Add the onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the broth, cornstarch, Worcestershire and ketchup. Add to the skillet with the onions.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and stir. Continue stirring until the gravy is the desired thickness.

Serving

  • Serve meatballs over mashed potatoes with plenty of gravy, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy Sandwiches

These grilled open-faced beef, cheese and gravy sandwiches just blew us away. Cooked over charcoal, the sandwiches take on a lovely light smoky flavor. The beef is tender, juicy and packed with flavor.¬† Covered in a tasty beef gravy, every bite is just fantastic. Served over thick, hearty grilled bread, it’s the sandwich you’ve been looking for.
Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy SandwichesThere’s nothing I would really change about this recipe. It’s a great alternative to cooking your usual burgers on the grill. You could make this with ground turkey, I would think, though you might have to add a little fat (vegetable oil) to keep the turkey from getting too tough when seared.

This is yet another brilliant recipe from the BBQ Pit Boys.

Also try my open-faced turkey sandwiches.

Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy Sandwiches

You'll need a large cast iron skillet. Remember to not grab the skillet handle without a heat-proof glove once you've placed it onto the grill.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-ounce can roasted diced chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons your favorite BBQ rub
  • 8 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 slices large thick-cut bread I used a rustic ciabatta

For the beef gravy

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Charcoal is definitely best for this recipe.
  • Form the beef into equal-sized patties.
  • Sear over direct heat on both sides, but do not cook all the way. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the onion, tomatoes, chiles, Italian seasoning and rub. Use a potato masher or fork to combine all ingredients and break the ground beef into chunks.
  • Place a large cast iron pan on your grill over indirect heat.
  • Add the meat mixture and spread out evenly. Use a spatula or the back of a large spoon to lightly compact the meat into the pan.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the beef is cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Top mixture with the cheese slices, cover and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove the pan from the grill. Lightly toast the bread slices on the grill.
  • Serve meat over the bread topped with the beef gravy.

For the beef gravy

  • Add a small skillet to the grill over direct heat. Add the butter and melt.
  • Add the beef broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the butter to the skillet and melt.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine the flour and water in a cup and whisk into the beef broth.
  • Continue stirring until the gravy is thickened. Remove from heat.

Poutine

Anita and I recently grabbed lunch at one of my favorite Indianapolis food trucks, Scratch Truck. For a side, we opted for the poutine, a first for both of us. I’ve seen poutine hundreds of times on TV food shows, but never had the opportunity to try it until then, and boy, did we ever absolutely love it. French fried potatoes, topped with cheese curds (oh my!) and gravy. Really, what could be better?
poutineThe gravy is the real start of this dish, though let’s face it, cheese curds are pretty much wondrous on their own. After quite a bit of research, I settled on a gravy that is a mix of beef and chicken gravies. It’s crazy smooth and packed with flavor. The gravy wasn’t just great, it was fantastic.It would also be stellar on a chicken-fried steak. So you know what that means. Yep, I’ll be making chicken-fried steak soon.

If you don’t have cheese curds where you live, you can substitute block (not shredded) mozzarella that has been torn or chopped into small pieces.

Poutine

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 1/2 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the poutine

  • 2 pounds French fries deep-fried and drained
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups cheese curds
  • Garnish optional (I used sliced green onions, but chopped parsley, fresh sage, thyme, etc are also great)

For the gravy

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the poutine

  • Layer fries on a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle fries with the curds (you may have to separate the curds first).
  • Add lots of gravy and garnish as desired.

For the gravy

  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the water in a small bowl or glass.
  • Melt the butter in a large sauce pan.
  • Whisk in the flour and continue cooking, whisking often, for 5 minutes or until the flour has turned golden brown.
  • Add the garlic, stir and cook another 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the beef and chicken broths (careful when first starting to add the broths as the mixture will steam a bit. Keep your hands and face back.)
  • Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering, whisking constantly, for 5 minutes or until the gravy is thickened.
  • Add pepper to taste and stir and serve.