potato crusted meatloaf pie
1 (9") deep dish pie serving 8
6 potatoes, fist sized-peeled and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
place the potatoes and salt in a saucepot and cover with water. bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. drain potatoes and place in a mixing bowl and mash with the butter and salt until almost no lumps remain. set aside while the filling is prepared.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1 pound lean ground meat-maximum fat content of 93%
2/3 cup bread crumbs
3 egg whites (or 2 large eggs)
1/2 cup prepared tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried italian herb blend
preheat the oven to 750. saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until they begin to caramelize. add the mushrooms, lower the heat a bit and cover the pan to cause the mushrooms to sweat and release their juices. continue to saute over medium-low heat until the mushrooms are cooked then remove from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl to allow them to cool a bit. combine all of the ingredients for the meatloaf in the bowl and using gloves, thoroughly mix and knead the filling together.
to shape the bottom crust, grease the pie dish and place slightly more than half of the potatoes in the dish. with a rubber spatula, carefully spread and shape the potatoes into a layer that evenly covers the bottom and sides of the dish. prebake the crust for 20 minutes. remove from the oven, spread the filling evenly in the crust and top with the remaining potatoes by spreading them evenly over meatloaf. place the pie on a baking sheet to catch the drips, lower the oven to 350 and bake until the internal temperature reaches 165 for turkey or 155 for beef, about 1 hour. allow the pie to rest for 10-15 minutes then cut into wedges and serve.
hopefully, you will enjoy this as much as we did. this is one that i plan to make again, just as soon as the temperature outside drops by 50 degrees, literally...bake one and send me a photo. i promise that you will see it here! firstname.lastname@example.org stay cool my friends.