Crustless Hamburger Pie

Ok, so I have been AWOL for the last few weeks. So sorry about that. My stay-at-home-mom status changed about 2 weeks ago when the need arose for a new church secretary. I’ve been helping out in our church office each morning for a few hours. It is a fun change although a bit challenging since I’ve not had any formal secretarial training! My college degree was in education, and I was a teacher in traditional schools for 7 years and a home schooling mom for 20. However, I am enjoying learning something new even if it means getting out the door (properly dressed!) by 8:40 in the morning!

I was looking for a new ground beef recipe the other day and found several for hamburger pie. I did a little combining and came up with this one that the family enjoyed. While one recipe called for ground beef, other ground meats can be used as well. Next time, I will probably try a combination of ground beef and sausage. I really liked the way it all held together without a crust. Pair it with a green leafy salad, and you have a delicious THM meal!

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained

1/2 c. tomato sauce

2 tbsp. ground flax

1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 egg, beaten

Combine all these ingredients and stir together well. Pour into a greased 9-inch baking pan. A pie dish works well, too.

For the topping combine the following ingredients:

2 eggs, beaten

3 oz. softened cream cheese

3 tbsp. heavy cream

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Whisk the topping ingredients well and pour over the meat mixture. Spread about 3/4 c. grated white cheddar cheese on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the center is firm and the top is lightly browned. This recipe serves 4. Double it for a larger family!

Italian Wedding Soup

I am one excited mother! In just 6 days I get to see my youngest son for the first time in over 8 weeks! He has been working very hard in basic training, and our contact with him has been limited to snail-mail and only 2 short phone calls. I’ve never been so out of touch with him in his entire life, so this has been a rough 8-1/2 weeks. I must say, that Sam has been fairly good at letter writing.  He averaged sending us one letter a week. I am impressed!  We ordered a banner for him which we will hold during the Airmen’s Run…the first time we will get to see him next week!

Proof

In addition to writing Sam every day…yes, every day, I have been crocheting for our new grandgirl scheduled to arrive in about 6 weeks! We had a shower for my DIL last night, and this is what I made for her.

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The hubby watched one of the late night cooking shows a few weeks ago and saw this recipe for Italian Wedding Soup. He doesn’t remember which show it was, but apparently there are many recipes for Italian Wedding Soup. Just do an internet search for it, and you will see what I mean!  Here is how my hubby made it. Amounts are approximations since he doesn’t remember exactly how much he used!

1 lb. ground beef, turkey or pork (or a combination of them)

1/2 c. dry rice (he said a handful!)

1/2 c. diced onions

3/4 tsp. fennel seeds

salt and pepper to taste

several gloves garlic, minced

1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs

olive oil

3-4 c. tomato sauce

3-4 c. chicken broth

2 medium tomatoes, peeled and cut up

1 can black, red or white beans, drained (more if you really like beans)

Combine the meat with the rice, onions, fennel seeds, salt, pepper, garlic and bread crumbs. Shape into about a dozen or so meatballs.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Brown meatballs, turning as needed. They do not need to cook completely. Once all are browned, add the remaining ingredients to the skillet. Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for about an hour, or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and rice is tender. Serves 8.

 

Salisbury Steak

With grocery prices continuing to rise, I find myself trying to come up with new ways to serve foods to help stretch my dollars.  I remember my mom doing the same when I was young.  Salisbury steak is just a fancy name for hamburgers.  I have also heard it  called Poor Man’s steak.  Mom didn’t like calling it that, so she preferred Salisbury Steak. I used ground beef, but ground turkey would work well, too.  (sorry, no picture this time!)

1-1/2 lbs. ground beef

2 tbsp. minced onion

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. crushed marjoram

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1 envelope mushroom gravy mix (I used cream of mushroom soup)

1 can mushroom pieces, drained

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

In a large bowl combine ground beef, onion, salt, marjoram, and pepper; mix well.  Divide meat into 6 portions and shape into oval patties about 3/4 inch thick.  Broil steaks 3 inches from heat for 3-4 minutes; turn and broil the other side for another 3-4 minutes or until done.  Prepare gravy mix according to pkg. directions; stir in mushrooms and vinegar.  Heat through and pour over steaks.  Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.