Happy Halloween! How About Some Spooktacular Jack-o’-lantern Cheeseburger Pie?

Happy Halloween! How About Some Spooktacular Jack-o’-lantern Cheeseburger Pie?

Happy Halloween! How About Some Spooktacular Jack-o’-lantern Cheeseburger Pie?

 

We’re all about Halloween in our household at the moment.

Spence went to a Halloween party at his school last night dressed as some sort of freakish ghoul in a black cape and mask, and plans to have a fun time trick-or-treating this afternoon with friends, followed by a sleepover.

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Logan texted me a shot of his costume that he wore on Thursday, dressed as Van Gogh’s self portrait “Man in a Straw Hat”. Apparently some people knew who he was right off the bat, some had a vague idea, and others were completely clueless. When I showed his photo yesterday to my Friday dressmaking friends, most of them got who he was right off the bat. One, however, was completely clueless until she read my text, “Love your Van Gogh face, Loge!” under the photo and then proclaimed, “He’s Vincent Van Gogh!” with all of the sincerity of a used car salesman. I’m telling you, don’t ever trust engineering types when it comes to their faux art history knowledge! The “absolutely clueless” one did, however, assist in fixing my sewing machine presser foot later in the day, so I guess engineers have their strong points after all.

Loge as Van Gogh

 

For my part, my Halloween involvement has primarily been participating in an epic battle of wills with two boxes of full-sized Snickers. The candy is intended for the hob goblins later today.

Thus far, my will power has won. Bully for me!

I’ve also been busy cooking pumpkin treats. First came the pumpkin cupcakes for Jame’s brother, then I made my Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good dish for my dressmaking crew as displayed in its unbaked form by my friend, Sarah, below.

Sarah with pumpkin

 

And, lastly, I made two Jack-o’-lantern Cheeseburger Pies. One for my dressmakers yesterday, and one for Spencer’s sleepover guests we’ll serve tonight.

After we indulged at lunch, one of the dressmakers, Kim, insisted that I accompany her and two other friends on a hike over hill and dale to burn off the ghoulish lunch. I’m so glad she was insistent, too, because I could easily have turned down the offer, thrown myself on the couch, and let my slice of pie settle immediately on my hips.

Anyway, these meat pies are a simple, fun, tasty way to celebrate Halloween; they’ve actually become our traditional suppertime meal that we gulp down in-between doorbell rings.

Here’s how you make them.

 

Recipe courtesy of: Southern Living.com

Ingredients: 

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts (contains 2)
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, divided
2 tablespoons water
1 large egg
Here are the pie crusts I typically use.
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Directions:

Cook first 5 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain grease. Stir in ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and shredded cheese; cool.

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Unfold 1 piecrust, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

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Spoon meat mixture onto center of crust, leaving a 2-inch border.

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Unfold remaining piecrust, and cut out a jack-o’-lantern face, reserving pastry cutouts to use as a stem.

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Place crust over meat mixture; crimp edges of crust.

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Fold under. Place stem on top of jack-o’-lantern face.

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Whisk together 2 tablespoons water and egg; brush over crust. If you’d like, feel free to add a couple of drops of red and yellow food die to the egg wash to enhance the jack-o’-lantern effect.

Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

 

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Here are some examples of how these pies have turned out in prior years.

This was ours from last year.

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This is Southern Living’s take on the dish.

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And this is a photo of one of our pies from years ago when Logan was but a wee lad. I told you it was a long-standing tradition!

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Here’s the printable version of the recipe:

Jack-o’-lantern Cheeseburger Pie

Serves 6-8
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Website Southern Living.com

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 Medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 15oz package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 Large egg

Directions

Step 1
Cook first 5 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain grease. Stir in ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and shredded cheese; cool.
Step 2
Unfold 1 piecrust, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spoon meat mixture onto center of crust, leaving a 2-inch border.
Step 3
Unfold remaining piecrust, and cut out a jack-o'-lantern face, reserving pastry cutouts to use as a stem. Place crust over meat mixture; crimp edges of crust. Fold under. Place stem on top of jack-o'-lantern face.
Step 4
Whisk together 2 tablespoons water and egg; brush over crust.
Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

 

Happy Halloween!

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