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Recipe: Salisbury Steak TV Dinner

Cook up some nostalgia, no microwave required.

Cook up some nostalgia, no microwave required

This recipe is for anyone who loves a classic TV dinner, but is wary of all of the additives it comes with. Chef Shahir created an elevated version that has all your frozen favourites: Salisbury steak, creamed corn, green beans and of course, a brownie! So now you can cook up some nostalgia — no mircrowave required. 


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 500g cremini mushrooms
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups low sodium beef stock
  • Splash of 35% cream

Creamed corn:

  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup 5% cream3
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper

Steamed Green Beans:

  • 3 cups green beans

For dessert:

  • Store-bought brownies, cut into squares


To start, thinly slice mushrooms and finely chop onion. To a pan over medium high heat, add vegetable oil and mushrooms and sauté. After a couple of minutes, add onions and continue to brown both onions and mushrooms. Once everything is browned, take off heat and transfer half of mushrooms and onions to a large mixing bowl, leaving remainder in pan and off of the heat.

Using a potato masher, mash mushrooms and onions so they break down slightly. To the bowl with mushrooms, add ground beef, pork, egg, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix until fully combined and shape into eight equal oval patties. Transfer patties to a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with extra vegetable oil. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes flipping and brushing with more oil half way through.

While steaks cook, prepare your gravy. Return pan of mushrooms to medium heat and add 1 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp all purpose flour, stir and cook for a few minutes, until flour is fully dissolved. Slowly pour in beef stock while constantly stirring with a whisk or wooden spoon until no flour lumps remain. Let simmer for a few minutes until thickened, then stir in 35% cream. Turn heat off and warm up before serving.

To make your veggie side dishes, start by washing and then top and tailing your beans, set aside. Now add corn, 35% cream, maple syrup, cayenne, salt and pepper to a sauce pot that can fit a steamer over top. Stir corn mixture then place steamer basket on top and add green beans. Simmer and steam beans for 7 min or until creamed corn is thickened and beans are tender. If creamed corn is not thick enough, remove green beans and continue to simmer corn.

When ready to eat, assemble everything on your TV tray. Top Salisbury steaks with gravy, then place green beans, corn and brownies in the other compartments. Enjoy!

Servings: Makes 4 servings


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