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Pie For Dinner

February 29, 2012

I often reference the saying “the best thing in adulthood is that no one call tell you you can’t have dessert before dinner.”  But what if pie is the dinner?  Now, I don’t mean a pecan or apple pie – how about a cheeseburger pie?

I found this recipe in a book that collects those recipes from the backs of cans and jars, and I fell in love with it immediately.  Great fresh out of the oven, but just as tasty when it gets cold, a cheeseburger pie is great for picnics or breakfasts after it cools down.

For the crust, the original recipe calls for the use of biscuit mix – I’ve made it with biscuit mix, handmade biscuit dough, puff pastry, even canned crescent dough.  I personally best like the biscuit crust, but experiment and find your favorite.  Smooth your rolled-out crust into a 9″ shallow pie plate, and start preheating your oven to 375 degrees.

While the oven heats, in a large skillet, brown 1 lb of ground beef – or turkey, if concerned about fat – with 1/2 cup of chopped onions, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.  I also use other seasonings: white pepper, of course, a hint of nutmeg, quite some paprika, and just a little bit of chili.  Once it’s ready, mix in a tablespoon of Worchestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons of either biscuit mix, or all-purpose flour.  The combination of the two will help the beef stick together and form a firm and bite-able filling.

Pour the beef mixture in your pie shell, and prepare the topping by beating 2 eggs, similar to making scrambled eggs.  Mix in a cup of cottage cheese with them, then pour it all over the beef, covering up everything.

For a true cheeseburger feel and taste, slice up a large tomato or two, and place the slices over the top of the cheese layer, spreading them even all over the pie.  Finally, top it with a good cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and put it in the oven.

In about 30 minutes, dinner is ready!  According to the book, these cheeseburger pies were a crowd favorite with teens before pizza became popular – so serve up a creamy root beer float on the side, and enjoy this throwback dish.

Enjoy your meal!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 14:34

    This one sounds good. I will try this. And it reminds me of a favorite summer recipe I need to share with you for tomato pie. To die for!

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