You know that angel and devil that sit on your shoulder to help guide your moral compass? I think my devil is actually a pig. Cloven hooves; check. Curly tail; check. And I swear, when he speaks, all I hear are the sizzling sounds of bacon. He probably led me to this site here, convincing me of the positive, Sodium-tastic health benefits from bacon consumption. Yeah, yeah. I know. But it’s what I need to tell myself, so that I can get to sleep at night.
I made this for dinner the other night, and my husband started publically thanking me on facebook, when I posted the picture. I do believe the plates were licked clean.
Bacon Salisbury Steak
4-6 slices of bacon, diced
2-4 portions of the Versatile Beef Mix (recipe below)
1 tsp dried Parsley flakes
1 tsp dried Minced Onion
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup beef gravy
¼ cup water
In a pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Meanwhile, place beef mix in a bowl; stir in parsley and onion. Shape into a patty and then coat in flour. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a paper towel to drain.
In the bacon drippings, brown the patty on both sides (2 minutes or so, per side). Add gravy and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or so, until the meat is no longer pink. Remove from pan, top with gravy and bacon.
Versatile Beef Mix
½ cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp black pepper
1 lb lean ground beef (85% or 90% lean)
In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well, although try not to over mix. Divide into 4 portions. You can use this right away, or you can freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator before using (if frozen).