Salisbury steak is classic comfort food that is easily made at home. I’m unsure why it’s called “steak” as it’s actually a patty or a burger. I suppose it’s the oval shape resembling a steak. The key to making the perfect Salisbury steak is to start with high-quality meat. Look for steaks that are well-marbled and have a good amount of fat, usually 20 per cent fat. Beef chuck works well, have your butcher ground it (mince) for you on the medium fine setting. The bacon is optional, but I like the hickory smoked bacon to add that smoky flavour. But you can leave that out.

Cooking the perfect Salisbury steak is all about achieving the right balance of flavours. The beef should be well-seasoned, and cooked to perfection, with a juicy interior and a slightly crisp exterior. You want a good crust on each side. Using a home made stock made by roasting beef bones and vegetables, is the secret to a delicious meal. Of course, you could buy the stock, or use stock powders. It will still be delicious but not top level.