Cooking with Commods: Salisbury Steak

Welcome to my first “Cooking with Commods” series!  We’ve been getting USDA commodities for about 6 or 7 months or so and I’ve been cooking the best meals ever to feed my family of six.  A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to try Salisbury Steaks with what I had and I have to tell you, it turned out pretty good.  I made up my own recipe and thought I’d share it with you.  Now if you get commodities, you should pretty much have the main ingredients with the exception of the seasonings.  If you don’t get commodities, you can still cook this dish.  It’s delicious, honest!


First things first, I do not know how to write recipes or how to figure out how many calories are in a serving.  I’m going to try my best to explain everything, so just stay with me.  Secondly, most of these extras should already be in your home, like bread and eggs, but if you have to run to the store, you shouldn’t need more than a few dollars. Au Jus Gravy and Onion soup mix and pretty cheap.

What you need:

2 lbs of hamburger*

1 container of Cream of Chicken Soup*

2 cups of flour*

1 Egg

1 packet of Au Jus Gravy

1 packet Onion Soup Mix

Vegetable Oil*

1 cup of Bread Crumbs

Beef Bullion (optional)

Chicken Bullion (optional)

Vegetable Oil*

*commodities used

Serves about 6 people

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  You’ll also need a couple of mixing bowls, a frying pan, and a roaster pan or cake pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine your hamburger, bread crumbs, onion soup mix and egg.  Mash everything together like you are making meatloaf.  Once done, set aside.  I put my bowl in the fridge while I was getting my other prep ready.

In a separate bowl, throw in your flour.  I like to add more flavoring to mine, so I toss in about a teaspoon of Beef Bullion.  This is optional and will taste good either way.

Now get your frying pan ready.  Add a little bit of vegetable oil.  I used about 3 tablespoons.  You may not need to add that much.  Just depends on the size of your frying pan.  I turn the heat down to about medium because you only have to brown your patties, not cook them all the way thru.

Roll about an 1 1/2 inch ball of the meat mix in your hand and smash it down into a patty.  Dip the patty in the flour on both sides and add to your frying pan.  Lightly brown on both sides.  Once done, place patties in your roaster pan or cake pan.

I browned a couple too much.  I ain’t perfect 😀

When you are all done with your patties, grab another mixing bowl for the gravy.  Pour in your Cream of Chicken Soup, Au Jus Gravy, and whisk together.  Again, totally optional, but I added a teaspoon of Chicken Bullion to mine.

Once your gravy is mixed together, pour it over your patties.  The mixture will seem watery, but don’t worry about that, because it thickens up in the oven.  Put your cover over your dish (or tinfoil works, too) and place it in the oven.  Cook time is an hour at 350 degrees.

I made mashed potatoes and opened up a couple cans of green beans to go with my Salisbury Steak.  This is my finished product!


Just a side note:  I talked to a couple of ladies about my recipe and was told if you don’t have bread to try cracker crumbs.  I’ll definitely be giving that a try next time.

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