Thursday, February 4, 2010

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie


not so impossible...quite easy in fact.
whip this baby up for Super Bowl Sunday.
it's perfect for that "BIG GUY" breakfast - brunch on game day.

i'll make this quick. it seems my writing "teck neek" (technique) seems to ruffle a few feathers, so let's keep it short and to the point. this blog is meant for FOOD, PHOTOS, lots of FUN and most of all, SHARING. that's the way i look at it so i hope you do to. now...let's get in the kitchen and get stuff dirty!!!

on with the Cheeseburger Pie...i mentioned Impossible Pies last week when i posted about the Ginger Orange Custard Squares. well, since then i have made the Impossible Enchilada Pie (will post later) and this Cheeseburger Pie. both are fabulous, but this Cheeseburger Pie is a winner. i think i liked it best for it's simplicity and the fun factor of a burger in a pie. my first slice was devoured served over a nice crisp salad, but i think for a party it would be fun to serve with all the sides and condiments that you would serve with burgers. like a bacon, avocado cheeseburger?...with some diced green chilies? homemade relish? caramelized onions?...well, obviously you could go a little crazy. like i said, i totally enjoyed the simplicity of it on it's own if your not into all that extra work of slicing, dicing and dishing.

did i forget to mention this is LOW-CARB and LOW-FAT??? !!!


adapted from Ellen's Kitchen

i decided to make this a bit more healthy by using ground turkey, 1/2 cup nonfat-1/2 cup whole milk and substituting 2 egg beaters and 1 egg white for the 2 whole eggs. i also used reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese. season the ground meat to your taste. i used cumin, Mex. chili powder, garlic salt and a bit of oregano.
(original recipe below)

2 cups (1 lb.) cooked ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

2 finely chopped garlic cloves (optional)

1 cup milk

1/2 cups baking mix

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs...use real eggs, it's better

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Cook ground beef and onion until beef is brown, drain. Stir in salt. Spread in pie plate, sprinkle with cheese. Stir remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake 25 minutes(30-35 at high altitudes) or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Makes 6 servings.

IMPORTANT NOTE...mine was definitely NOT done after 25 min. it was, however, getting nice and brown on top. when i stuck the knife in it was really wet so i tented with foil and kept it in for approx 10 minutes longer. just make sure you do the test because the top can be deceiving. also i let mine set for about 10 min before cutting and serving.

Variation: IMPOSSIBLE MEXICAN PIE: Season cooked drained hamburger with taco seasoning mix. Add 1 small can (4-6 ounces) drained diced green chilies. Garnish finished pie with chunky salsa and sour cream.

APROX. nutrition for 6 servings
using 85%-15% ground beef
2% milk
low fat Lifetime sharp cheddar cheese
real eggs



Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Looks wonderful. Those "impossible pies" are pretty neat.


Anonymous said...

That looks sooooo tasty! Quick question though -- what's in the baking mix?

Jennie said...

This was one of my favorite dinners growing up, my brother and I would ask for it all the time :)

Stella said...

This looks great. My mom used to make pies like this with whatever she had on hand-sausage, hamburger, cheese, veggies....They are so delicious with a vinegary salad on the side. Thanks for reminding me.

Jules and Ruby said...

hi worldly27...baking mix is like homemade Bisquick. The link to Ellen's Kitchen is in the post with recipe, but I use good old Bisquick.

Sarah said...

Wow - this looks SO good. And it seems surprisingly easy! I'm going to have to try both this and the Mexican pie very soon (hmmm.. I do need to make super tonight!)

Unknown said...

Do you know nutritional info? I'd like to find out Weight Watchers points!

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Crystal...i use let me see if i can figure it out...i should make this soon. i remember it's delicious.

Jules and Ruby said...

i added nutrition facts to the post...not bad. you could use ground turkey or 95% beef, but i think it's better this might loose the real cheeseburger taste

Anonymous said...

I doubled the recipe and used 1lb ground turkey and 1lb farmland pork and bacon sausage. It was sooooo good!!

Anonymous said...

Mine didn't set up very well under the cheese topping. Taking it out of the pan it just crumbled. I think doubling the bisquick mixture might have helped keep it all together and give it a little more substance. The flavor was good though so I think I'll give it another try!

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