Perhaps you too have been looking for recipes for a Salisbury Steak and for a salad dressing similar to the one served at Nichi Bei Kai.
Edwin Line of Bend, Ore., wrote asking how to make Salisbury Steak. Jean Armstrong of Baltimore responded with a simple recipe which she got from a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup.
Armstrong's Salisbury Steak
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup minced onion
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon oil
In a bowl, thoroughly mix 1/4 cup soup, beef, bread crumbs, egg and onion. Shape firmly into 6 oval patties.
In a skillet over high heat, cook the patties in 1 tablespoon hot oil until browned. Remove patties and spoon off fat. In the skillet, stir in remaining soup and mushrooms and return patties to skillet. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until done, turning patties occasionally.
B. Hannan of Baltimore requested the salad dressing and Chef Gilles Syglowski chose two responses. One was from Joan E. H. Pugh of Freeland, who writes that "we have enjoyed sushi and all the trimmings at Nichi Bei Kai for many years and my husband (Frank) has devised a recipe for salad dressing which is quite similar to theirs."
Frank's Japanese Steak House Salad Dressing
Makes 1 cup
1/2 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 1/2 cup good mayonnaise (preferably Hellmann's)
Heat vinegar, sugar and salt just enough to dissolve the granular ingredients. Let mixture cool and combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix well and chill.
Rita Greenberg of Baltimore responded with her salad dressing but did not reveal where it came from.
Greenberg's Salad Dressing
1 part Marukan seasoned gourmet rice vinegar
1 part sesame seed oil
1 part ketchup
2 parts mayonnaise
Mix. A little table cream may be added if desired.
* Patricia Browne of Denton is looking for "a recipe for a dish called Mystery. All I know is that it is made with hamburger and vegetables," she wrote.
* Pat Cogswell of Twin Falls, Idaho, writes that when she was little her mother made jellied crab apples, and the recipe has been lost. In fact, she added, she'd also like a recipe for pickled crab apples.
* Barbara L. Sanico of Baltimore wants a recipe for Peach Frangipani Tart. "I believe it is made with fresh peaches, almond paste, apricot glaze and a nutty crust," she wrote.
* Both Ellen Sue Kraemer of Owings Mills and Brenda McDonald of Baltimore want a recipe for Shepherd's Pie. Mrs. Kraemer writes that she has been searching for years for "one like the cook at KinderCare Milford Mill made. Now that I'm a mother of two I'd like to serve this to my family," she writes.
Chef Syglowski, with the help of chefs and students at the Baltimore International Culinary College, tested these recipes.
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