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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meatloaf Pie

This recipe is dedicated to all of you out there that have "Hamburger Packed" freezers and don't know what to do with all of that beef. I searched high and low for something tasty, yet easy at the same time. When I came across this dandy recipe, I knew that I had to give it a try. Meatloaf Pie is sort of a cross between "meatloaf and pizza". Its easy and can be made with little effort. I love that I can make 2 and freeze one for later. My family was a little leery at first, when I told them what we were having for dinner and some of them even said, "just dish me up a little, I'm not very hungry"...but in the end, when ALL was said and done, three people (yes only 3...and that didn't include me) ate an entire 9" pie plate of this mouthwatering dish! Guess it was a hit, wouldn't you say?! One of those people even asked if I could make it again really soon..."sure thing", I said!

Meatloaf Pie
1 can (10 oz) evaporated milk
1 c. cracker crumbs (crackers such as Saltines, Townhouse, Club, Ritz etc...)
1 t. garlic powder
2 lb. lean ground beef
1-2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 small jar of your favorite pizza sauce

In a bowl combine milk, cracker crumbs and garlic. Add beef and mix well (I use my hands and really blend it up good). Press meat mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie plate. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes (remember oven temps and times vary). Drain grease from meatloaf. Spread desired amount of pizza sauce on top of cooked meatloaf, just like you would for a pizza. Top with cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes longer until your cheese is melted and meat is no longer pink. Cut and serve.

Happy cooking~
Julie

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