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Hamburger & Vegetable Pie
Diabetic Living Magazine
“This savory pie will please everyone in your family. Lean ground beef and sweet Italian sausage are combined with crowd-pleasing cheese and mashed potatoes—the most difficult thing about this dinner will be waiting for it to be served!”
¾ cup shredded pizza cheese or Italian cheese blend, divided
2 cups mashed potatoes or refrigerated mashed potatoes (see Tip)
8 ounces lean ground beef
4 ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage
½ cup chopped onion
2 cups sliced zucchini or yellow summer squash
1 (14.5 ounce) can chunky pasta-style tomatoes
½ (6 ounce) can tomato paste ( ⅓ cup)
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
Fresh Italian parsley
1Stir ½ cup cheese into mashed potatoes; set mixture aside.
2Cook ground beef, sausage, and onion in a large skillet until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is tender; drain. Stir in squash, undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, and pepper. Bring to boiling. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart casserole.
3Spoon the mashed potato mixture into a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Starting at one end, fill in the center of the casserole with rows of the mashed potato mixture until the meat mixture is covered. (Or, spoon the mashed potato mixture in mounds on top of the hot mixture.) Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup cheese and paprika, if desired.
4Bake in a 375°F oven for about 30 minutes or until the mashed potato top is golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.
Tip: To make mashed potatoes, wash and peel 1 pound of potatoes. Cut into quarters or cubes. Cover and cook in a small amount of boiling salted water for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Mash with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed until lumps are gone.
To make ahead: Prepare pie as directed, except, after bringing meat filling mixture to a boil, divide evenly among six 10-ounce individual casserole dishes. Top with potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap; chill up to 48 hours. To bake, remove plastic wrap; place casseroles in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Cover with foil. Bake, uncovered, in a 375°F oven for 35 minutes. Remove foil. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.