As promised, here's my hamburger steak recipe! I like to eat it with buttered potatoes or green beans with carrots. Since I didn't have any carrots, I just blanched the green beans and called it a day. I also included my recipe for gravy. I hate to share this - don't mean to brag, people really like my gravy lol - but I decided not to be selfish. :P
Let's get crackin'.
First I make the hamburger patty. Here are the ingredients:
- 1/2 kilo ground beef (preferably lean)
- Minced garlic and about half a small onion. Make sure everything is finely chopped!
- 1 egg
- A dash or two of Maggi Magic Sarap
- 1/4 cup of flour to help hold everything together
- Salt and pepper to taste
Just mix everything together with a spoon. It can be tricky to get the riiiiight taste on the first try, so what I do is I taste the raw beef. Yes I know it is all shades of unhealthy but in my defense, I don't eat the actual meat. I just stick a finger in the mixture and taste that. If it's a little salty and has flavor already, I don't add anything anymore. If it's too salty, add more flour or beef.
Okay once everything is mixed together just leave that for a few minutes so the flavors will melt together.
This mixture can also become meatballs if you wish! I like to make sweet and sour meatballs too :D
Round the beef up in thick patties and place them in a hot grill pan. Don't put any more oil, oil will naturally come out of the meat. I unfortunately used normal ground beef here because I forgot to check the label (ugh), which is why it's super oily.
It usually takes 5-8 minutes for one side to cook (depends on how thick it is). Place the patties over low heat. To check if the patty is cooked, stick a toothpick in the middle. If there's no resistance, it needs more time in the pan. If you're too lazy to hunt for a toothpick, feel the patty up with your finger. If it's jiggly, it's not yet cooked in the middle.
So those are done! I blanched the green beans for maybe 3-5 minutes. Added a pinch of salt and sugar (IDK sugar makes the beans tastier for me).
When beans are cooked, they look extra green. You don't want them to be floppy and disintegrating in your mouth though, so always check when they're ready. A few minutes is all it takes!
Time for the gravy! I like my gravy with an herby, creamy taste. Of course it has to taste meaty too. Here's what I put in my gravy (for every one cup of water).
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tbsp Meat drippings (this is from the patties I made earlier)
- 1 tsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning (or soy sauce is better)
- 2 tbsp All purpose cream
- A dash of Maggi Magic Sarap again
- 1 tbsp Cornstarch mixed in water - do not put powdered cornstarch in your cooking gravy! It will become lumpy. So mix it first with water so you have more time to integrate it in the sauce.
- Salt and pepper
- Dried rosemary and basil
- 1/8 buillon cube (I find chicken tastes nicer, but beef is also good)
- Chopped or sliced mushrooms
A dash of everything is good to start with. If you want the gravy to be thicker, add more cornstarch. Creamier, put more cream. Tastier, more buillon. And so on!
Okay to start off I put in a cup of water. I mix in everything except for the cream, cornstarch, and soy sauce. When it's about to boil, I switch to very low heat and add the gravy and cream. Stir, stir, stir. I like to use a wire whisk to stir, just to make sure everything is nice and smooth.
A teaspoon of soy sauce
Taste it and weep. Okay just kidding. It's just that I love gravy SO MUCH and I've concocted this whole thing to fit to my taste. I don't know if you'll like it, but that's the beauty of it, you can edit however you want! At least now you know what ought to go in gravy. ;)
And that's it! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Do let me know if you try it. ;) And hey if you have tips, feel free to share!