David Venable’s Comfort Food Shortcuts Salisbury Steak

A few weeks ago I finally received my copy of the newest cookbook from QVC’s resident foodie David Venable, Comfort Food Shortcuts. I don’t know about you but when I get a new cookbook I first flip through it to see the photos and some of the recipe names, then I actually read it cover to cover like a novel making notes about which recipes I may like to try first. Finally I make the first recipe and see how it goes, and then I make it a second time perhaps putting my own twist on it.

I am really pleased with Comfort Food Shortcuts and I really like the concept that all the recipes use minimal ingredients, take minimal time to make and have what David calls supermarket shortcuts which are exactly what they sound like, something pre-made like a jar of good pesto sauce, frozen like toaster waffles, or a packet of seasoning mix.

From the time I pre-ordered this book until I received my copy I watched many presentations of it in In The Kitchen With David in QVC and saw some recipes I really wanted to try like Mashed Potato-Bacon Bombs, Meatball Lasagna and Black Forest Cake-Batter Milkshake. And then I saw David on the Rachel Ray show making Breakfast Waffle Bread Pudding with Berries and that really made me want to get my copy and start making some of these recipes (trust me the bread pudding from waffles is worth getting the book all by itself).

So once I got my copy and looked through it to find the recipe I was going to make first, I came across David’s recipe for Salisbury Steak. Now Salisbury Steak is one of my wife’s favorite meals so it was a no brainer to pick this as the first recipe.

Take one pound ground beef, 1/3 cup of plain bread crumbs, one 1.4 oz pouch of onion soup mix and one large egg and using clean hands combine in a bowl like making meatloaf.

Shape into 4 oval patties about and fry in a pan with a teaspoon of oil heated over medium high heat until browned on both sides, about 1 minute per side.

Add 1 large sweet yellow onion halved and thinly sliced, 5 large white mushrooms quartered, 1 12oz jar of prepared beef gravy, 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, cover reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the patties are cooked through, about 15-17 minutes

Now typically we would have this served over mashed potatoes, egg noodles or even rice but I was in such a hurry to make the Salisbury Steak I forgot to pick up any potatoes at the store but I did have french fries and my brilliant wife suggested to make the fries and serve the Salisbury Steak over top like a kicked up plate of gravy fries, and I’ll be damned it was awesome that way.

All in all I highly recommend picking up a copy of Comfort Food Shortcuts. In this crazy busy life this will save you time and money and still allow you to enjoy warming filling comfort food.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup of plain bread crumbs
  • one 1.4 oz pouch of onion soup mix
  • one large egg
  • teaspoon of oil
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 5 large white mushrooms quartered
  • 1 12oz jar of prepared beef gravy
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Art says:

    Do you have Venables recipe for pulled pork with beans from that book?


    1. I do but as it is not my recipe nor have I tweaked it in any way as of yet I cannot in good conscience post it here


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