I swear .. the family thought they had died and gone to heaven with this dish. Tasted as good as a Sunday afternoon pot roast meal .. at about 1/4 the cost and time to make.
Mrs. Mac's Meaty Mushroom Gravy
1 pound ground beef (ya know the kind .. grass fed and local;)
1/2 cup dehydrated mushrooms (soaked in 1 cup of water .. save the water) .. or substitute a cup of fresh mushrooms .. sliced or diced as you like
1/2 cup diced yellow or white onion
salt, pepper .. dash of soy sauce if you wish .. few drops of Kitchen Bouquet for color if you have it on hand
2-3 cups beef stock or mushroom water or a mix
2-3 tablespoons organic corn starch
In a large hot cast iron skillet .. put a pat of butter and add the mushrooms .. let them sit a bit to brown before stirring them .. then add the onion and saute them for a minute. Push the mushrooms and onions to the sides and add the ground beef .. searing it before stirring .. you want it to brown up to give the gravy good flavor and color. Mix well with the mushrooms and onions. Really break up the meat to a fine consistency. If the meat has a lot of fat .. drain off all but about 1-2 tablespoons. Mix the 2-3 cups liquid with the corn starch in a shaker jar. Slowly add it to the browned beef and stir it well .. it will start to thicken. You may need to add more liquid. Stir well. Add/taste/adjust the seasonings. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.