So, my mom makes a dish called Hamburger Pie. It’s got meat and veggies on the bottom with a mashed potato “crust” on the top. And I love it. This dish is not that recipe. Bummer. This dish has a cottage cheese-type “crust” on the top. I love cottage cheese.
I’m always looking for good recipes to use ground venison in. If I make something and call it “hamburger,” you can be about 99% sure it’s really made from ground venison – because that’s how I roll.
As we continue with Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash, I’m making Hamburger Pie…which is really Venison Pie. Which could also be called Deer Pie. But you can use hamburger – or turkey – or chicken. We can still be friends.
This week we’re cooking from 365 Ways to Cook Hamburger. Man – what a cool cookbook! I picked this beauty up at a yard sale. It’s chock full of great ideas for ground meat. If you’re weird like my friend The Humbled Homemaker and only eat chicken (I love you, Erin!), then this book would still work for you – you could easily use ground turkey or chicken in the recipes.
There are no pictures in this cookbook…which makes me sad. I like seeing pictures of food so that I can know just how badly I messed it up when mine is finished. “Oh man…mine is black. Their cake isn’t black. Oops.”
Meatloaves, meatballs, soups, chilis, etc. If it’s ground, it can be found. I’m a poet and don’t know it – my feet are Longfellow’s. LOL Oh dear. Or deer. One of those.
Sooooooooooooo, this cookbook was published in 1958. Because of that, some of the ingredients were wonky. I chose this recipe mainly because the recipe called for MSG. Yes. You heard me. It CALLED for MSG. Obviously, I left that out.
It also called for a biscuit crust made from “Bisquick-like” stuff. I don’t buy that anymore – I don’t make it either. I know it’s pretty easy to make, but I didn’t really feel like this recipe needed it. If you want to make a pie crust for it, my Pat-in-the-Pan Pie Crust would work GREAT!
I sorta did my own thing. I added a can of tomatoes that it didn’t call for…and some extra seasoning. As I said, I left off the pie crust, but I did still use the cottage cheese topping.
I added thyme and oregano, left out the MSG (snort), and added some diced tomatoes.
This recipe is very quick and easy to whip up…even with a baby on your back and your 3.5 year old running laps around your legs. True story.
Verdict – very tasty. I thought it was WAY better left over the next day. This isn’t my favorite recipe from Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash, but we all ate it…even Annie. I had to drain the dish twice – after it cooked there was a bunch of juice around the edges.
I would definitely make this again if I needed to get rid of some cottage cheese – otherwise, I’ll just eat my cottage cheese plain. Yum.
- 1 pound ground beef (or any meat)
- ½ large onion, chopped
- 1, 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- ½ cup shredded cheddar
- Brown hamburger in a large skillet with the onions. Drain.
- Add tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil.
- Pour mixture into a greased 9 inch deep dish pie pan.
- In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese and eggs. Spoon evenly over meat.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Drain juice if desired.
- Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven for a few minutes so cheese can melt.
Yield: 4 servings