Amish Poor Man's Steak Recipe -
Amish Poor Man's Steak Recipe
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Amish Poor Man's Steak

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"First had this dish at an Amish church in rural Ohio. I will never forget the delicious smell of that church kitchen! After a little questioning, a kind woman gave me the recipe. Great for a plan-ahead meal."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    9 hrs 25 mins


  1. Mix ground beef, milk, saltine cracker crumbs, onion, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Shape mixture into a narrow loaf and place onto a baking sheet; cover and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut loaf into 1-inch-thick slices and sear the 'steaks' in the hot skillet until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Insides will still be pink. Arrange slices in a roasting pan. Spread mushroom soup over steaks.
  4. Bake steaks in the preheated oven until mushroom soup is bubbling and meat is no longer pink inside, about 1 hour. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meat slice should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
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  • Cook's Note:
  • We like to supplement the gravy by adding additional fresh mushrooms and onion slices. You can use French onion soup instead of cream of mushroom but skip the teaspoon of salt.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 20, 2013

Made this recipe as the Recipe Group Selection. We are not fans of salisbury steak and basically, that is what this recipe is. I followed most of the directions. Even though the directions did not require this step, I lined my loaf pan with foil and allowed the edges to overhang. The amount of milk is not given but I used about 1/3 cup. I used ground chuck and after mixing, I placed the beef mixture into the refrigerator and allowed to sit about 7 hours. I removed from the refrigerator and lifted the meat out and sliced. After browning the slices on both sides for about 3 minutes, I placed the meat slices in a 9 x 13 baking dish and poured the soup with extra mushrooms over the meat. I added 1 Tablespoon of Gravy Master (to make the gravy more brown in appearance). The teaspoon of salt added to the meat is not necessary as the soup had plenty. I baked for about 45 minutes uncovered. Husband and I both rated 3 1/2 stars but rounded to 4. Thanks for sharing Ashli113!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 21, 2013

Made for Recipe Group. I see that AR 'fixed' the error and now lists how much milk. I couldn't decide whether to cover this as it cooked in the oven or not and ended up not covering it. I think it would have left a little more 'gravy' from the soup if I had. I liked the flavor, hubby (surprisingly!)did not. Seems like an awful lot of work for something this simple. I would rather have more flavor in the meat, make meatloaf burgers and fry with a little milk gravy made afterwards. Thanks for the recipe.

Feb 18, 2013

Made this for Recipe Group...We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this! I doubled the recipe, so that there would be enough to send w/ hubby to work for lunches, b/c this kind of dish is right up his alley, lol. I still only used 1 onion (med.-lg. size). I wasn't sure on the milk b/c the amount isn't listed, so I just eyeballed it until the mixture felt right (maybe 2/3 cup, or so). I did not shape this into 1 loaf, just formed the patties (got 8 out of a double recipe), and put them in the fridge overnight, as stated. After searing them, and putting them into the baking dish, I sauteed an 8oz. package of sliced mushrooms in a little evoo (we love mushrooms) w/ salt, pepper and garlic powder, mixed that w/ the soup, and put it over top the meat. This had such a great flavor, for the minimal amount of ingredients called for! Served w/ mashed potatoes and peas. Simple, delicious, and a HUGE hit @ dinner tonight...A definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Mar 11, 2013

I made this for dinner last night. I did add lots of Lawry Black Pepper Seasoning Salt (2 teaspoons at least) & some worchestshire sauce (about a tablespoon or so) to the burger mix as we like lots of flavor. We thought it was really good. I think it would be pretty bland without any extra seasonings. If you are looking for lots of "gravy" then I would add another can of mushroom soup on top. We had baked potatoes so had no need for extra, one can of soup was perfect. Will be making this again for sure !!

Feb 23, 2013

Recipe Group Selection: 16, February 2013 ~ Let me start off by saying if you are a person who doesn’t like tweaked recipes – PLEASE STOP READ NOW. I knew my guys would be all over this recipe and I knew I wouldn’t touch it. First tweak: I used deer meat rather than hamburger; 2nd tweak: my saltine crackers were ‘Alabama Fire Crackers’ from AR that I needed to use up; 3rd tweak: I subbed cream of onion soup for the mushroom soup as they don’t care for mushrooms. I followed the rest of the instructions, made it the day ahead, browned in the skillet and then topped with soup to bake. It didn’t say rather to cover it or not, so I didn’t. This was served with long grain and wild rice, toss salad and bread. The final results – my guys LOVED this recipe! ashli113 – thanks for sharing your recipe, I know I will be making this one again for them. Hubby had to photograph this one as I left before the baking was done. First time for him taking the picture!

Jan 21, 2015

Absolutely delicious, but a little crumbly. I put foil over the top so the mushroom soup wouldn't bake into the pan.

Jan 14, 2015

Followed the directions. The meat slices fell apart when I tried to "sear" them. Meat had good flavor though. Very sad that this did not turn out well.

Feb 21, 2013

Made for Recipe Group 2/20/13. I doubled this & ended up letting it sit in the fridge for 1 1/2 days because dinner plans changed. The meat sliced & fried up like a dream, however, it was pretty tasteless & the mushroom soup didn't add much. I feel that more needs to be added to the soup to make a nice gravy. Mushroom soup straight from a can is not very tasty or appetizing to look at. Hubby finished his but requested I just make plain meat next time. Unfortunately, the kids & I didn't care for it. I scraped the soup off the remaining slices & froze them, hoping to repurpose them somehow. Sorry ashli :(


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  • Calories
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 18.1 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 19.9 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 1220 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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