Sometimes I want to be lazier than others. Sometimes I think that using a crockpot might help me accomplish that. Sometimes I'm wrong. There was prep work in this that didn't make it the easiest dinner but it's still one of those that you can put together early and then not worry about the rest of the day. In the end it was worth it and turned out wonderful. I should add that mushrooms are another food I hate. Maybe that's not correct, it's a food I won't eat because of texture but I do love the flavor of mushroom soup. If you just can't handle the mushrooms substitute some other cream soup.
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (recipe here for cheaper homemade version)
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (I used two batches of my homemade cream of mushroom soup and added some extra dehyrdated mushrooms.)
1 (1 ounce) packet dry au jus mix
3/4 cup water
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk using your hands. Shape into 8 - 12 patties. I made 6 and they were twice as large as what any of us could eat, next time I will either cut the recipe in half or make 12 patties that can be frozen and eaten later.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place flour in dish with salt and pepper to taste. Dredge the patties in flour just to coat, and quickly brown on both sides in the hot skillet. Place browned patties into the crock pot.
|These are a lot larger than they look.|
|Yeah, I used more oil than was necessary!|
|I think next time I will drain them on a paper towel first to reduce the amount of fat.|
In a medium bowl, mix together the cream of mushroom soup, au jus mix, and water. With my homemade soup mix I just mixed everything together in a large measuring and omitted the extra water.
Pour over the meat. Cook on the Low setting for 4 or 5 hours.
|About half way done.|
Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles.