A fun alternative to cheeseburgers during October is to serve up a Halloween recipe that will make your ghosts and goblins squeal with delight. This Jack-o-Lantern Meat & Cheese Pie is easy to make, and takes about takes about 20 minutes preparation time, and 30 minutes baking time.
Jack-o-Lantern Meat & Cheese Pie
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup tomato sauce or catsup (or salsa, if you like it a bit spicier)
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
8 oz. Monterey jack cheese, grated
2 pie crusts from refrigerated section of the grocer (could make from scratch, but chill before assembling)
2 Tbsp. water
Food coloring, yellow and red, 1 drop each
1. In large skillet, brown ground beef with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until beef is crumbly and cooked thoroughly. Drain off any fat.
2. Stir in catsup, tomato sauce or salsa, and the Worcestershire sauce. Let meat mixture cool.
3. Grate together both cheeses and toss together. Set aside one cup of cheese.
4. Unfold one pie crust and put on greased baking sheet.
5. Stir two cups of cheese into meat and onion mixture and spoon onto the center of pie crust. Leave a 2-inch border around the circle.
6. Unfold the other pie crust and cut out eyes, nose, and mouth, as you would a jack-o-lantern, but set cutouts aside to use later.
7. Place crust over top of the meat mixture and crimp edges, and fold under. Use the saved crust cutouts to fashion as a stem for the top of the jack-o-lantern face.
8. In small bowl, whisk together egg, water and food colorings. Use pastry brush to brush over the crust.
9. Preheat oven to 425 degree F and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
10. Brush again with egg mixture. Fill jack-o-lantern eyes, nose and mouth with remaining cheese. Bake 7-10 minutes more until golden brown.
11. Serve with corn on the cob and a fresh salad. Serves 6 or more.
Another fun Halloween casserole main dish, using a fresh pumpkin as the cooking and serving dish, is the Jack-o-Lantern Casserole, which is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A.
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