Comfort food at it’s best. This is a go to recipe for me – I originally created it a couple of years ago in an attempt to re-create my favorite frozen entrée, but without all the extra & unnecessary ingredients. Originally, I wasn’t pleased with the gravy, so this post gave me a great excuse to go back & re-create it. I succeeded. My family tried it & there was almost nothing left when we were done!
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup low-sodium beef broth/stock
3/4 cup bread crumbs (I use Trader Joe’s brand bread crumbs – no dairy)
1/4 heaping teaspoon garlic powder (be generous, if you like garlic)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Homemade Gravy Mix (Beef)
1 tablespoon dried onions
generous pinch powdered mustard
approximately 1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons flour
2-4 tablespoons Earth Balance (or your choice of butter substitute)
8 ounces chopped mushrooms
1/2 small onion, diced
1 cup cold water
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
5 tablespoons Homemade Gravy Mix (Beef)
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
salt & pepper to taste (definitely taste before adding salt!!)
In a large bowl, combine egg, 1/3 cup low sodium beef broth, bread crumbs, garlic powder, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon Homemade Gravy Mix, minced dried onion and mustard; whisk until thoroughly combined. Add ground beef & combine, making sure bowl contents are well-distributed throughout beef (best way is to use your hands). Shape into 6 large patties or 12 smaller patties, cover & set aside.
Add beef bouillon to boiling water & set aside; to a large skillet, add about 1 tablespoon Earth Balance or your choice of butter substitute & add in chopped mushrooms & onion; cook until vegetables are tender; scrape to sides of pan. Add beef patties to a second skilled over medium-high heat & cook 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
Add remaining Earth Balance & flour, cook until browned in center of pan; slowly add cold water, bouillon and remaining brown gravy mix (2 tbsp); whisk until combined & stir in mushrooms & onions. Bring to a boil & stir constantly until thickened. If too thick, add a small amount of beef broth. Transfer cooked patties to gravy pan & heat through; serve hot.