I am always trying to come up with new ways to use ground beef. It is one of the most frugal dinner options and it is so easy to stretch, making it even more frugal. But sometimes we get tired of having it the same few ways, so I play around with it, always hoping a new idea will turn out and be declared a winner.
That was definitely the case with this dinner. In fact, when I was stuck on coming up with a name for this dinner, my son suggested “super, delicious and good beef pie.” Try it out and let me know if you agree with his assessment.
For the beef crust:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
- 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 t. salt
- 1 t. Italian seasoning
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1 egg
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan. Place pan on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, remove excess grease from the top of the meat with a spoon or paper towel. Cool.
For the mashed potatoes:
- 4 -6 potatoes
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1/4 c. sour cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Cube potatoes, place in a medium sauce pan and fill pot with coldwater. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-18 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
Drain potatoes and return to pot. Add butter or margarine and mash with potatoes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Scoop into the center of the beef “crust.”
For the caramelized onions:
- 2 T. butter or margarine
- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 t. salt
Melt butter or margarine in a small skillet. Add onion and season with salt. Cook about 15 minutes over medium-low heat, until golden. Scoop on top of the mashed potatoes.
- 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Sprinkle cheese over the onions and return to oven. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes, until cheese is completely melted.
I know it seems like a long process, but it really isn’t. Most of the steps can be done simultaneously. Sure, you may dirty a few dishes, but I thought the end result was worth it.
Also, this would be such a fun process to play around with. Maybe a backwards spaghetti and meatballs? Or a meat quiche? I think this idea is ripe with possibilities and I can’t wait to explore some.
What would you do different? Oh, by the way, I’m still not happy with the name of this dish. If you could help me come up with a better one, I’d really appreciate it!
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