Hamburger Pie

There are some foods that remind me of home…this is one of them…it is pure comfort food. This meat and potatoes dish was a staple of ours while growing up. Ground beef is cooked with onion and seasoned with lots of pepper and Tabasco Sauce. The meat mixture is then topped with creamy mashed potatoes and shredded Cheddar Cheese and baked in a heavy cast iron skillet in the oven until the cheese is melted on top. This is SO GOOD! Mama would always serve it with green beans. I can picture her in our old kitchen in the house where we grew up taking her piping hot cast iron skillet out of her Wolf Stove and setting it before seven hungry kids. This was our favorite and there wouldn’t be a drop left when we were finished!

Ingredients:

2 pounds Hamburger Meat
1 Chopped Onion
Tabasco
6-8 Potatoes
1 cup Milk, or more to reach desired consistency
1 stick Butter
8 ounces Cheddar Cheese
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prep your ingredients by chopping your onion; peeling and cutting your potatoes into large chunks; and grating the Cheddar Cheese.

Place potatoes in a stockpot and fill pot to cover potatoes.

Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.

Test for doneness by pricking them with a fork to ensure they are tender.

Drain water from pot.

Add the stick of butter to the potatoes….oh yes, a whole stick….

Mash the potatoes with the butter.

Add milk and continue mashing until desired consistency.

Add salt and pepper. We like our mashed potatoes well seasoned with a lot of pepper!

Place hamburger meat and chopped onion in your cast iron skillet. You can cook this while your potatoes are boiling.

Cook your hamburger meat and chopped onion together until browned. Drain grease from pan.

Add several dashes of this stuff…don’t be shy…

You want to taste the Tabasco with each bite so we start with 6-8 drops and then adjust the seasoning by adding more as needed.

Add salt and pepper to taste….we like a lot off pepper!

Now you are ready to layer your meat, potatoes, and cheese.

Leave your meat in the cast iron skillet and drop large spoonfuls of mashed potatoes onto the top of the meat.

Use the back of a spoon to spread the potatoes evenly over the meat.

Sprinkle Cheddar Cheese on top of the potatoes.

Bake in the oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve with a side of green beans, or vegetable of your choice.

Want a lower calorie version? You can make this dish “lighter” by using reduced fat ground beef or use ground turkey. You can substitute reduced fat milk and reduced fat cheese.

Enjoy!

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