Meat Loaf Pie Recipe

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Meat Loaf Pie

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2 cups all purpose unbleached whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup very cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup very cold water

1-2 teaspoons oil or butter
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon dried herbs, such as basil, thyme, oregano, etc.
1 - 2 tablespoons creamed horseradish
2 tablespoons catsup
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (less if crackers are salty!)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup milk or half and half, or beef stock
1 cup broken up crackers

sprinkles of milk for the top
sprinkles of paprika

First make the pastry. In food processor with steel chopping blade in place whirl the flour, salt and pepper. Cut the cold butter into chunks and process by pulsing just until the butter is "cut" into the flour about the size of beans. Add water and process only until the dough wants to form a ball. Do not overmix! Remove and divide into 2 parts, one slightly larger than the other. Cover and set aside while you prepare the meat mixture.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a heavy bottomed saute pan, heat the oil or butter and then saute the onions, garlic and green pepper 2-3 minutes, adding the meat and herbs. Cook and stir several minutes to brown the meat a bit. Remove from heat, add the horseradish, catsup, salt, pepper, milk and crackers. Mix thoroughly and set it aside. On a lightly floured pastry cloth, roll out the larger of the 2 pastry pieces into a circle and fit into a 9 or 10 inch pie dish or pan. Roll out the second pastry piece. Carefully spoon the meat mixture into the pastry lined baking dish. Carefully lift the top crust over the meat, making several slits in the top crust for steam vents. Seal the edges of the crusts, using a fork to flatten them out and to seal them nicely. Using your fingers, sprinkle the top with a bit of milk and then sprinkle on some paprika. Place in hot oven, REDUCE the temperature to 375 degrees and bake for about 40 - 45 minutes or until nicely browned. Allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe created 2014-05-06.

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