Italian Hamburger Swiss Chard Dinner Pie

hamburger-pie1This was our main meal for today.

As I go through my recipe box I am finding many things that I have collected from others that I have not made for years (forgotten) or never tried at all. I do not remember ever making this before but looking at it immediately the potential was great.

The original recipe called for spinach but I had none but did have Swiss chard … I also had kale but opted for the chard instead.

hamburger-pie21. The full recipe details are on the recipe card below. I just provide these pictures with a small comment because I believe a picture is worth a thousand words.

These are 3 of the items that I consider MUST HAVE for my pantry.
The Dry Garlic and Onions come from Costco the tomato paste from a local market you can use any brand I like this one.

hamburger-pie32. Mix together ground beef, half and half, egg, seasonings, tomato paste and dry onion.
hamburger-pie43. Saute the greens and onion in the olive oil. hamburger-pie54. Salt and pepper to taste you just want it wilted perhaps a minute or so.
hamburger-pie85. Cut your tomatoes in half. hamburger-pie8a6. My friend Jeannie brought me this knife the other day. I said “no thanks I have a million knives” … she however said “just try it on a tomato”.

I was shocked at how great it was. Goes to show there is always a better mouse trap or knife if you will.

hamburger-pie67. Now place meat mixture in pastry shell and press around until it covers the bottom and sides of shell. hamburger-pie78. Layer the chard onion mixture on top of that.
hamburger-pie99. Place sliced tomatos on top of that. hamburger-pie1010. Last the shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese on top of that.

Set your pie on a large baking dish (I use an old teflon thin sheet because it cleans up easily) or line a cookie sheet with foil.

This pie will drip so unless you want to scrub or run your oven cleaner save yourself a headache and use a sheet for drips.

hamburger-pie1111. Bake for about 15 minutes and the cheese will be melting and forming a crust when you think it is no longer sticky add a double foil lightly over the top. hamburger-pie1212. This will protect your crust and cheese from burning.
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13. Now bake for the rest of the time (about 50 minutes) until done.

I use my thermometer to stick in the middle and make sure the temp is AT LEAST 160 degrees.

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14. Then remove from oven keep the foil hat on and let sit for about 15 minutes to set up before cutting and serving.

It will remain piping hot so be careful.

Italian Hamburger Swiss Chard Dinner Pie
Serves 6
This is one of the "Dinner Pies" that can be created in this manner. It is quick to prepare and has everything you need for a meal other than salad and desert. The bake time is long sort of like a meatloaf ... I personally like any hamburger meat well cooked. You can switch the seasoning a bit and end up with a Taco or Enchilada Pie for variety. As this pie cools off a bit it firms up so once refrigerated it can be sliced later and reheated or eaten cold as you would a left over meatloaf sandwich.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
489 calories
23 g
103 g
35 g
23 g
14 g
274 g
818 g
4 g
0 g
19 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
274g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489
Calories from Fat 308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
53%
Saturated Fat 14g
68%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 103mg
34%
Sodium 818mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
81%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
29%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 9" unbaked pastry shell (I use Marie Calendar frozen)
  2. 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  3. 1/2 cup half and half
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 tsp. garlic granules (Costco brand)
  6. 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves, crushed
  7. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed
  8. 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram leaves, crushed
  9. 3/4 tsp. sea salt (if you use regular salt you might want to reduce to 1/2 tsp.)
  10. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  11. 2 Tbs. tomato paste (I use Mutti "only Italian Tomato" in a tube)
  12. 1 Tbs. dry onion (Costco brand)
  13. 2 Tbs. olive oil
  14. 1 bunch of Swiss chard chopped
  15. 1 small red onion sliced
  16. salt and pepper to taste
  17. 5 or 6 small tomatoes (I like the Compari from Costco they are about 1 1/2 inches round)
  18. 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes until 160 degrees in the middle.
  2. 1. Thaw out pastry shell.
  3. 2. Mix together beef, half and half, egg, seasonings, tomato paste and dry onion.
  4. 3. Saute onion and Swiss chard in olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. 4. Slice in half the tomatoes and set aside.
  6. 5. Place meat mixture in pastry shell and press around until it covers the bottom and sides of shell.
  7. 6. Layer the chard onion mixture on top of that.
  8. 7. Place sliced tomatoes on top of that.
  9. 8. Place the cheese on top of that.
  10. 9. Set your pie on a large baking sheet (I use an old teflon thin sheet because it cleans up easily) or line a cookie sheet with foil. This pie will drip so unless you want to scrubthe burnt on gunk off your over or run your oven cleaner save yourself a headache and use a sheet for drips.
  11. 10. Bake for about 15 minutes and the cheese will be melting and forming a crust. When you think it is no longer sticky add a double foil lightly over the top. This will protect your crust and cheese from burning while baking.
  12. 11. Next bake for the rest of the time (about 50 minutes) until done. I use my thermeomenter to stick in the middle and make sure the temp is AT LEAST 160 degrees.
  13. 12. When done remove from oven ... keep the foil hat on and let sit for about 15 minutes to set up before cutting and serving.
Special Note
  1. It will remain piping hot so be careful.
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calories
489
fat
35g
protein
23g
carbs
23g
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