Red Wine And Truffle Chopped Steak Recipe

Anyone who grew up eating hot lunch in their school cafeteria instead of brown-bagging is no doubt familiar with the dish known as Salisbury steak. If you've ever gotten a nostalgic craving for the stuff but wondered if there was a way to make it more upscale, this recipe's for you. Developer Patterson Watkins explains that her intent was "to elevate this classic dish out of 'Lunch Lady Land' and into the realm of finer dining." To this end, she makes the sauce more bougie with red wine, truffle oil, and a blend of mushrooms, but the base of the dish is still the same classic burger patty.

While this recipe manages to hit the sweet spot between fancy and familiar, it has one more thing in its favor that you might not notice on the first read-through. It's actually pretty low in carbohydrates and has a more sophisticated texture than classic Salisbury steak due to the lack of flour or cornstarch as sauce thickeners. "Instead," says Watkins, the sauce "relies on reduction to concentrate flavors and thicken."

Collect the ingredients for this red wine and truffle chopped steak recipe

Fancy as it is, this dish starts with plain old ground beef. You'll also need some standard fridge and pantry staples like salt, pepper, butter, garlic, and beef bouillon (Watkins favors the paste kind) as well as fancier ingredients like truffle oil, shallots, and red wine.

You're also going to need some mushrooms for the sauce, as these are an essential part of any Salisbury steak recipe. Watkins likes to mix and match her mushrooms and here uses cremini, oyster, and shiitake ones. These will "impart their own earthy, meaty elements to the overall dish," she says.

Shape, season, and sear the burger patties

Divide the meat into four patties and season them with salt and pepper. Melt half the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then sear the burgers for about 3 minutes on each side. Once they are browned all over, take them out of the pan.

Make the wine and truffle sauce

Melt the rest of the butter in the pan, then stir in the shallots and truffle oil, followed by the mushrooms, cooking for 8-10 minutes. As Watkins advises, "Really sweat out the mushrooms and shallots" until most of their juices have cooked off. Once they have done so and the vegetables are relatively soft, stir in the garlic and wine. Use this additional liquid to de-glaze the pan. Once the sauce is simmering, cook it for 8-10 minutes. When most of the wine has evaporated, dissolve the bouillon in the water and add that to the pan.

Finish cooking the patties in the sauce

Stir up the sauce, bring it to a simmer once more, and put the beef patties back in the pan. Leave them be for about 15 minutes (no need to put a lid on) until the meat is cooked and the sauce has thickened. To make these upscale Salisbury steaks even fancier, dress them up with a few sprigs of fresh thyme before you eat them.

Leftover patties and sauce can be refrigerated, although Watkins advises cooling them to room temperature and then sticking them in an airtight container first. As she explains, "this will help keep condensation away" so the leftovers are just as good as the fresh stuff.

Red Wine And Truffle Chopped Steak Recipe
5 from 24 ratings
This is not the Salisbury steak from your high school cafeteria. With red wine, truffle oil, and a blend of mushrooms, this is chopped steak for grown-ups.
Prep Time
Cook Time
chopped steak with mushrooms
Total time: 50 minutes
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil
  • 4 shallots, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chopped assorted mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon paste
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish
  1. Divide the ground beef into 4 patties and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the burger patties for about 3 minutes per side until browned.
  4. Set the burgers aside, then melt the rest of the butter in the pan.
  5. Stir the truffle oil and shallots into the butter, then add the mushrooms.
  6. Sauté the mushrooms for 8-10 minutes until they soften and release most of their liquid.
  7. Stir in the garlic, then pour in the wine and de-glaze the pan.
  8. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes to evaporate most of the wine.
  9. Dissolve the beef bouillon in the hot water, then stir the mixture into the pan.
  10. Bring the sauce to a simmer again, then add the burger patties and cook them uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens and the meat is cooked through.
  11. Top the patties with mushroom sauce and garnish with thyme, then serve.
Calories per Serving 702
Total Fat 55.1 g
Saturated Fat 24.0 g
Trans Fat 2.0 g
Cholesterol 166.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.0 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Total Sugars 5.9 g
Sodium 724.5 mg
Protein 32.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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