So even though we've primarily cut red meat from our diet, I do still make the occasional steak or ground beef meal.
This recipe is so ridiculously simple, I swear you will be amazed.
1 Lb Ground Beef
1 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
1 tsp Pepper
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/4-1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
3 Cloves Garlic
1 packet of McCormick Au Jus mix.
3 and 1/4 C Water
1 TBS Cornstarch
Combine your first 7 ingredients. Start by using only 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs and if the meat is still to moist, gradually add more. I had two types of ground beef, 80/20 and 90/20, it took more breadcrumbs for the 80/20 than it did the 90/10. So if you use something with a higher fat content you may need more.
Knead the meat with your hands, do not overly mix or it will fall apart. Form your meat into 6-8 small oval shaped patties. Heat 2 Tbs oil in your pan (I use EVOO for everything) and add your patties. Brown both sides and then remove them from the pan.
Slice your onion and mince your garlic. Add your onions to the pan and sautee over medium heat until they start to become transparent. Add your garlic and saute for another minute, just until the garlic is fragrant.
Add 3 cups of water to the pan and whisk in the Au Jus mix. Place the patties back into your pan and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes until the patties are cooked through. Mix 1 Tbs cornstarch into 1/4 C COLD water and stir it into the gravy. Allow the gravy to thicken and then remove your steaks from the heat.
Serve over mashed potatoes.