Thursday, March 27, 2014

Comfort Food - Updated Hamburger Pie

When the kids were growing up, one of our easy weeknight meals was Hamburger Pie - It was very generic - seasoned hamburger meat topped with my homemade mashed potatoes - cheese sprinkled on top and then baked until heated. Some of my friends added tomato soup and green beans to the meat - others added cream of mushroom soup and canned mushrooms. This is a recipe that is a little more flavorful with a saucy tomato kick and topped with my cheesy mashed potatoes. Amy came up with the filling, trying to find a more hearty flavor that both Mike and Parker would enjoy

Updated Hamburger Pie

1 pound ground chuck
1/2  cup onion chopped
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup milk
1 16 oz can VegAll

Brown meat with onion and salt, pepper, garlic salt or powder. Drain grease from hamburger meat and mix in tomato paste, tomato sauce, milk and Veg All - Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with Pam and spoon in hamburger mixture

Mashed Potato Topping

3 cups Homemade mashed potatoes or (heaven's forbid) instant mashed potatoes for six- HOT
1 cup sour cream
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/4 cup milk
salt, pepper and garlic powder
2.8 oz can of  French Fried Onions
1 cup shredded cheese

Mix mashed potatoes , sour cream , milk, and garlic powder
Spoon half of the mixture over the meat layer
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese and  2/3 cupFrench Fried Onions
Top with remaining mashed potatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until hot
Top with remaining cheese and French Fried Onions.
Bake 5 minutes until onions are golden - they will burn quickly, so keep an eye on oven.

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