When it comes to meals in our household, it’s essential to keep things interesting by switching things up every once in a while. That means breakfast for dinner and surprising our brood with fun flavor combinations they’re not expecting. In this case, we wanted to take the idea of a traditional pie and turn it into something savory, different from traditional dishes like cottage or shepherd’s pie.
This loaded up the beef pie is basically a loaded baked potato packed into a tasty ground beef crust. Using mashed potatoes as the filling, then topping everything with cheese and bacon, this pie is like nothing you’ve had before and you’ll be thrilled you made it!
Loaded Up Beef Pie
1 1/4 pound lean ground beef
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1/2 cup tomato, chopped
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons green onions, chopped
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, onion and breadcrumbs, and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Use your hands to mix everything together, then transfer beef mixture to a pie dish and press it into the bottom and up the sides of the dish.
- Fill beef “crust” with mashed potatoes and smooth out the top with the back of your spoon. Top with cheddar cheese and place in oven.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cheese is melted and meat registers an internal temperature of 160º F. (Note: if cheese is melting too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.)
- Remove from oven, garnish with bacon, tomato and green onions, and serve hot.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker