Easy cheeseburger pie makes a filling meal

At some point before I began teaching at Haven High School, the annual debate and forensics tournaments became known for serving pie at their concessions stand.

Now, don?t get me wrong, I love pie. I just hate planning concessions stands, and they?re made even more complicated when you have to pick up more than a dozen fresh pies the morning you?re also supposed to be running a tournament.

But that?s how it goes with traditions?especially ones that people enjoy. So, on March 14, I?ll be picking up pies and hosting another tournament with pie on the menu for lunch time.

Ironically, March 14 is affectionately known as Pi Day (3.14), so it?s an oddly satisfying tradition this time around.

With pie in mind, I?m sharing a recipe this week for a savory version of the old favorite, with no pie crust involved.

Over the weekend, I made a recipe called ?Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie,? and it actually was impossibly easy and pretty tasty.

The original recipe comes from Betty Crocker. You can find it at http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/impossibly-easy-cheeseburger-pie/8c78aa78-c368-40fa-8a88-1654640c7525.

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Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef (I used ground turkey)

1 large onion, chopped (I substituted 1/4 teaspoon onion powder)

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup baking mix (like Bisquick)

1 cup milk (I used skim)

2 eggs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prep a glass, 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

Brown your beef or turkey along with the chopped onion until it?s cooked through. Drain any fat off the meat and transfer the cooked meat into the pie plate.

Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking mix, milk and eggs until everything is well combined.

Pour the batter mixture into the pie plate.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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Joey and I liked this so much we both ended up going back for seconds. It?s an incredibly simple recipe, but it has great flavor and is super quick to throw together.

It may not be the kind of pie most of us think of when we hear the word, but it?s worth adding to your recipe box.

Just be careful if you make this for someone else on March 14?it might end up being a Pi Day tradition.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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