Move over cupcakes, move over macaroons, move over cake balls, we’ve got pie. Here at HAP we like to believe that pies will be all the rage in 2011. Pies don’t have to be sweet, they can be spicy, savory, rich, creamy or whatever your palette desires. Today I am bringing you the first installment of Haute Pie of the Month with my Cheeseburger Chorizo Pie. As a child, my mom used to make us Cheeseburger Pie, so a bite of this is automatic comfort for me. I spiced up the recipe a bit by adding a little bit of chorizo and spice. The recipe is simple, quick and a crowd pleaser.
Chorizo Cheeseburger Pie
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 lb. chorizo, casing removed, chopped
1/c C chopped yellow onion
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 package Pillsbury crescent dough
2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375. Brown ground beef and chorizo in large skillet. Remove grease and return meat to skillet.* Add onion and cook through until translucent. Mix in tomato paste, chili powder, garlic salt and pepper. Heat thoroughly, approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Open and unroll crescent dough. In a pie dish, lay crescent dough, pressing to create a pie crust. Pour meat mixture into pie crust. Top with cheddar cheese.
Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
*A quick tip for draining grease from your beef. When I buy the lean ground beef, I find there is not too much grease in the pan, so I used the butt of my bread to soak up the grease. This way you do not have to deal with draining the beef and returning it to the pan. Who likes the butt of the bread anyway?
We hope you like pie as much as we do! Have you indulged in any innovative pies?