So the sourdough that I put into the bowl almost 2 days ago to bulk proof didn’t get baked until this morning. It just came out of the oven and looks a little flat but the loaves are much larger than any I’ve made before. So we’ll have to wait and see.
This is a potato covered pie that is made using, originally, what ever left over roasted meat is on hand. Since then it has been changed to be, traditionally, made with lamb.
I remember however when I was younger my mom had that famous red and white checked cookbook, you all know the one I’m talking about, and it was the old one too. Where everything is made with cream and butter and bacon fat and tastes AWESOME! And if my brother thinks he’s getting that when my mom passes away in say 40 years he has another think coming.
Anyway, it has a recipe for what they call hamburger pie which is essentially a shepherd’s pie made with hamburger and tomato soup instead of gravy. It’s warm and yummy and not at all good for you.
So I made some and I’m going to eat it all over the next few days. I put way too much cheese on top but I remember never having enough cheese for my liking. Because that’s always the part you eat first. The potatoes that have the cheese stuck to them, or the cheese that has potato stuck to it. However you want to look at it.
- 1 lb ground beef (the leaner the better, less draining)
- 1 can condensed tomato soup
- 1 can green beans (drain these)
- half a small onion chopped very fine or shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
- mashed potatoes (either instant or homemade)
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- grated cheese (whatever flavor you like I use cheddar)
- Brown the hamburger and add the onion and salt and pepper, if necessary drain the meat
- Add the tomato soup and green beans to the hamburger and mix well
- Put this mixture in a casserole dish, I use an 8X8 and mix right in the dish
- Prepare your mashed potatoes and mix in the beaten egg, this makes them stiffer when cooked
- Top with your mashed potatoes
- Top this with your shredded cheese
- Put the whole thing in a preheated 350° oven for 25 to 30 min or until the cheese is bubbly
Then eat it! Serve it with some fresh made sourdough and I guarantee your family will love you for at least a little while. And it only get’s better with reheating.
You don’t have to do this exactly either. You can use gravy instead of tomato soup. Add corn instead of green beans. Use chicken instead of ground beef. The possibilities are endless. Just don’t forget the egg in the potatoes. That is very very important.