Country Pie

So, I’ve made many variations of this dish.  It really kinda depends on what I have lying about the house.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (85%)
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce w/ mushrooms
  • 1/2-3/4 dry chopped onion (or 1/2 small fresh onion minced)
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs, seasoned
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/3 cups instant rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • additional 1/2 cup cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, 8 ounces tomato sauce, chopped onion, bread crumbs, 1st set of spices and cheeses. Mix thoroughly and press into a 9 inch pie plate.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine instant rice, water, tomato sauce, spices and all but 1/2 shredded cheese. Mix well and pour over meat layer. Cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Be sure to put a pan or cookie sheet beneath the pie plate on a lower rack to catch any grease drippings.  Remove foil and sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Return pie to oven for an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Other additions you can make that I have found tasty:
  • Hot sauce to the rice mixture.
  • Roasted/sauteed onions and peppers between the rice and meat mixtures.
  • Provolone cheese slices between the rice and meat mixtures.
  • Peas anywhere.

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ORIGINAL RECIPE:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs, seasoned
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups instant rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion soup mix, 8 ounces tomato sauce, chopped onion, bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly and press into a 9 inch pie plate.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine instant rice, water, 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, basil, and rosemary. Mix well and pour over meat layer. Cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Return pie to oven for an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
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