Like many kids who grew up in the 80’s/90’s and liked spending time in the kitchen, my first cookbook was the Alpha Bakery Children’s Cookbook. I remember my grandma ordering it for me from the back of a bag of Gold Medal flour. I remember how happy she was to give it to me when it came in the mail – and how excited I was to look through a cookbook with recipes made for children, complete with colorful cartoon illustrations and large font. I still have this book on display with the rest of my cookbook collection, and I proudly whip it out when I feel like cooking a blast from the past.
My favorite alpha bakery recipe was called “Quick Cheeseburger Pie”. I absolutely loved it, and I still do. But as I got older, my taste changed a bit. I’ve made quite a few modifications to an already great recipe, adding in some extra flavors and making the dish more bold.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 lb. of lean ground beef
1/2 of a large white onion, diced
1 tsp. of minced garlic
3 Tbsp. of A-1 steak sauce
1/2 tsp. of black pepper
1/4 tsp. of salt
1/4 cup of flour
2/3 cup of pickle juice (dill)
3/4 cup of dill pickle chips, diced
3/4 cup of grape tomatoes, diced
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 frozen deep-dish pie crust, thawed
WHAT TO DO:
- Poke holes in the thawed pie crust and place it on a baking sheet. Bake the crust in a 400 degree F oven for 11-12 minutes. Set aside to let cool.
- In a large skillet, brown the beef. Add the garlic, onion, A-1, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent.
- Sprinkle in the flour and stir until fully incorporated.
- Stir in the pickle juice, diced pickles, and diced tomatoes.
- Turn off the burner, and gently fold in 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese.
- Scoop the filling into the pie shell, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar.
- Pop the pie back in the oven for 7-8 minutes, still at 400 degrees F. The cheese should be melted and gooey. Dig in!!!