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When it comes to ground beef, it's quite possibly the most popular meat in America. It's very versatile and loved by most people, especially children. Meat loaf is an American standard in most homes and of course, never forget a good hamburger! Ground beef is typically very good in the many different ways it can be prepared.

There have always been recipes for "Hamburger Pie", which I've found in cookbooks dating back as early as the 1950's. If you've never had this dish, I'm passing along a recipe for it, but it has an interesting appearance: it's served upside down! Let's take a look at how to make an "Upside Down Hamburger Pie" that would be a new and different way to use ground beef!

This recipe isn't really what you would think would be a pie, since you don't use pastry crust. This recipe is made in reverse! First, ground beef and a number of seasonings are mixed together. This is pressed in a casserole dish and baked. A mixture of ingredients that make up a cornbread batter come next and this is poured over the beef. This goes back into the oven and is baked. It now sits for five minutes. Then a tomato glaze is made. The pie is cut into portions, flipped upside down, and topped with the tomato glaze. There you are: a crust on top and a meat filling underneath!

Though the ingredient list is long, it's not a hard dish to prepare. This would also be a good recipe that a more experienced young cook could make with a bit of guidance. It's also pretty economical to make since the recipe uses ingredients you usually have on hand!

Serve this with a good salad and a hot bread and this will square away dinner for the evening. For dessert, how about a refreshing strawberry dessert? I shared one for a "Strawberry Angel Dessert" a while back, which would be light and cool after a meal like this. To get the recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/strawberries-made-into-a-heavenly-dessert

Have fun in serving dinner upside-down with this recipe!

UPSIDE-DOWN HAMBURGER PIE

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 chopped green pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal (either quick cooking or old-fashioned)
  • 1 can (10-1/2 oz.) vegetable soup
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plain cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Pat this meat mixture in a greased casserole dish, about 1-1/2 quart size. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the egg, milk and oil. Mix only until dry ingredients are moistened. Spread over hot meat mixture immediately upon removing from oven, spreading the mixture to completely cover the top. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Cut into portions and flip each serving upside down onto serving plates. Heat together the ketchup, water and brown sugar and spoon over each serving. Yield: 6 servings.

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