20 (Fri) July 2018
-BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines-
Salisbury steak is an American dish. Ground meat (typically beef), mixed with extenders (e.g., breadcrumbs), aromatics (e.g., minced onions), and spices (e.g., nutmeg), shaped into a round patty, fried in a pan, served with gravy. The name derives from Dr James Salisbury, a physician in the mid 1800s who purportedly invented the dish as a means of encouraging the regular consumption of beef, which he believed to have health benefits.
I have encountered Salisbury Steak in only three contexts: (1) in an elementary school cafeteria, as a component of lunch, when I was a student in the California public school system – word got out that it was made of soy, not beef, which puzzled everyone, including me, because it seemed so meaty, not beany; (2) in a fast food restaurant in a shopping mall in Manila (see 5.064 Salisbury Steak Meal) – not good; (3) in the frozen food section at a supermarket in the US, usually as part of a set meal (e.g., “TV dinner”), though I can’t recall ever purchasing one, until today – one of those regrettable “I was hungry while food shopping at Costco/S&R” acquisitions – not good.