How to Make Hamburger Pie from Scratch
Raise your hand if you grew up eating Hamburger Pie, the recipe no doubt selected from the 1970's guide-to-being-a-working-mom cookbook: Better Homes and Gardens. Well, I don't know about you, but when I smelled Velveeta cheese browning atop boxed mashed potatoes, Campbell's tomato soup, canned green beans and ground beef bubbling below, I came running as fast as I could to secure my place at the dinner table. The comfort of Hamburger Pie on a cold fall day just cannot be beat by some fancy schmancy shepard's pie or the like. That's why I kept all of the ingredients in tact and just made a few adjustments to the processed ingredients. This Hamburger Pie Recipe made from scratch will bring you right back to the dinner table of your childhood, minus the yelling about your C in chemistry. And, it makes a great dish to take to a friend in need of a comforting home cooked meal. My friend Amanda just had a second baby and I know life has got to be a little nuts right know with a 2 year old and a 1 month old. So I baked two batches of the Hamburger Pie and dropped one off for her family. She was so grateful and it was such an easy way to say that I cared.
Yield: Serves 6
- 3 medium baking potatoes
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 cups green beans, ends cut off, cut into 1 inch long pieces
- 1 small diced yellow onion
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can organic or Campbell's tomato soup
- Sliced Aged sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start by cutting the potatoes into one inch squares and placing them into a pot of water. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water. Add the butter, milk, salt and pepper to the potatoes and beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Set aside. Place the cut green beans into a microwave safe bowl and add 3/4 cup water. Put a microwave safe plate over the bowl and microwave for 5 minutes. Leave in the microwave with the plate on top another 5-10 minutes to steam. Simmer the diced onion in olive oil in a large pan for about 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until the beef is broken up into chunks, but do not cook all the way through, the beef should still be slightly pink. Put the beef, onions and green beans into a 9 x 12 baking dish and toss with one can of tomato soup. Spread the mashed potatoes on top and place the cheese slices on top of the potatoes leaving 1/2 inch between the slices. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then broil for an additional 2-5 minutes to brown the cheese.