Wednesday, November 4, 2015


I am very lucky that my husband doesn't get tired of leftovers! I have always said I don't like to cook, but I do love to bake! That may be why I have so many baked items that I share with you. Now that the "boys" are grown men with families of their own and it is just the two of us, it is harder for me to have meals for us to eat for dinner. Some of my friends eat out a lot. We usually eat out at least twice a week, sometimes more often. So I like to find a casserole that will feed 4 - 6, make it, and then eat leftovers for the rest of the week. In the winter I like to make soups and eat them all week. 

This recipe for Hamburger Pie is one of those that we enjoyed probably 4 more times. Maxine called it Hamburger Pie, but it is probably more commonly called Shepherd's Pie.  


1/2       onion, chopped
1           tablespoon shortening
1           pound ground beef
1           16 - ounce can green beans, drained (I also cut them in half)
1           10 - ounce can tomato soup
3          cups mashed cooked potatoes*
2          eggs, beaten*
2          tablespoons margarine*
(seasoning to taste)

* I used instant potatoes and made enough following the directions on the box for 8 servings.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Saute onion in shortening in skillet until brown. (I just sprinkled onion powder on the beef when I browned it.)

Add ground beef. Cook until crumbly; drain, if necessary.

Add beans and soup (and seasoning to taste); mix well.

Spoon mixture into a 2 - quart casserole. (If you aren't sure if your dish is considered a 2 - quart casserole, fill it with 2 - quarts of water. A 2 - quart one will hold it.)

Whip mashed potatoes in a bowl and spread over ground beef mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes or until light brown. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


Sprinkle shredded cheese on top for the last few minutes and continue cooking til it melts.

I checked several other recipes and they were very similar. My husband and I felt it would have been better with some seasonings, which we added when we warmed it up for leftovers. Next time I will add them when I cook the meat.

Source: Maxine McGuire, Clearwater, Florida Beta Sigma Phi Food in the Fast Lane


  1. are you adding the egg to the potato mixture?

    1. I didn't because I used the instant potatoes. If I used real potatoes, I would have followed the directions. Thanks for the question. Enjoy!