Friday, September 25, 2009

My Two Favorite Ground Meat Recipes

These two "Old Faithfuls" have served me well as a Momma. Sometimes my children even eat them. : ) They are two more recipes where it is easy to "hide" vegetables, and they are GREAT for those times that you need to take dinner to someone else. They are easy to freeze and require no pans or serving dishes (unless you make your own pie crust).

Cheeseburger Pie
1 lb ground beef/turkey
1 small can tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp salt (opt)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 lb sharp cheese--shredded
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c milk
1 egg
1 deep pie shell (store bought or home made)
Cook ground meat with onions and peppers. Drain grease if necessary. Combine other ingredients and put in pie shell. Mix topping ingredients and spread on top. Cook in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
This recipe freezes well. I usually freeze it before I cook it--all the ingredients are cooked anyway. But if you are cooking it straight from frozen, cook at 350 for 45 min. to an hour.

Cheeseburger Buns
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1 t salt
3 1/2 cups AP flour (I usually use half whole wheat and half white)
1 1/2 lbs ground beef/turkey
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 can tomato sauce
8 slices American cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add next five ing. and 2 cups flour. Beat (in mixer) til smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form soft dough. Turn onto floured surface; knead 4-6 min. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double. (about 30 min)
2. Cook beef. Stir in onion soup mix and tomato sauce. Punch dough down. Divide into 16 pieces. Make 5 inch circles. Top each circle with 2 pieces of cheese and 3 T beef mix. Bring dough over filling. Pinch edges to seal.
3. Place seam down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled. (about 20 min.) Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-12 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm. Refrigerate/freeze leftovers.
This recipe is great with any kind of filling! Some ideas: cream cheese, canned chicken, and an onion soup mix; chopped ham and swiss cheese.

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