Ah, another dish of my childhood. Hamburger pie. That isn't pie. Honestly, I have no idea why this is called "pie". Maybe the mashed potatoes are supposed to resemble meringue. But honestly, does it matter? Call it Magical Beef and Potato Casserole if you want, but give it a try. Your tongue will thank you.
Adapted from the 1974 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
1 pound ground beef
½ cup onion, chopped
Dash salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can green beans, drained
1 (10¾-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
5 medium potatoes
½ cup warm milk
1 large egg, beaten
2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cook the ground beef and onion until the meat is browned and crumbled. Drain off any grease that has collected and discard. Add salt, pepper, green beans, condensed soup, and Worcestershire sauce; pour into a greased casserole dish.
Peel and cube the potatoes. Cook in simmering water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and mash while hot; add the milk and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the potatoes in mounds over the prepared casserole. Sprinkle the potatoes with Cheddar cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and the potatoes are beginning to brown.
Makes 6 servings