Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cheeseburger Pie

Ok parents, this one's for you. My mom used to make it for my brother and I, and I STILL love it. The recipe makes 2 pies, so you can eat one now and freeze the other (the one shown in the picture here was frozen) for later. There's nothing fancy about it, but paired with a salad, makes for a super yummy (and economical) meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb extra lean hamburger meat (you can use the fattier stuff, you'll just need to drain more fat)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, though I like it with a bit more ... good news is you can taste the cooked mixture before you put it in the pie, so decide for yourself!
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion (or about 1/2 a small white onion, minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil (about double if it's fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp dried marjoram (same note as above)
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (again, I usually add more, but up to you! ... and I use extra old cheddar for a sharper flavour)
  • frozen pie shells
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until fully browned. Drain any fat. 
  2. Mix in all other ingredients (don't do egg first or it'll just cook). Mix well and taste it! Now's the time to add more cheese or ketchup or seasoning :)
  3. Put the mixture into the pie shells (there will be 2 in each package). Place in the over, uncovered, until the pie shell is golden brown - about 25 minutes.
Note: if you don't need to cook both pies at once, don't put the second one in the oven. Just wait for it to cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap and then with foil and put it in the freezer. Reheat with the foil on (not the plastic wrap!) at 425 degrees for about an hour or until heated through. Remove the foil for the last 20 minutes to brown the shell.

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