Country Pie

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Recipe Information

Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara


1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups water
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz sliced American cheese (optional)


Combine rice and water in saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and cook 8 minutes. (Rice will not be completely done.) Allow to cool slightly.

Combine ground meat, onion, pepper, garlic, and 1/4 cup tomato sauce. Pat mixture into a large deep dish pie dish or other deep round baking dish. Meat mixture should cover the bottom and come up the sides 1 1/2 inches like a pie shell.

If using sliced cheese, reserve 4 slices and dice remainder. Cut reserved slices into strips. If using shredded cheese, reserve about 1/2 cup for the top.

Combine parboiled rice, cheese, and remaining tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Put rice mixture into meat shell. Top with reserved cheese – if using slices/strips, arrange like a lattice crust.

Place baking dish on a cookie sheet (it has a tendency to boil over) and bake for 1 hour at 350 °F.


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Shredded cheddar cheese can be used instead of sliced American cheese. To make this dairy-free, the cheese can be omitted completely.

Verify that the tomato sauce is safe for your needs.

Milk and Soy Substitutions: Alternative dairy-free milk beverages and products will work in most recipes. Find out more about milk substitutions and soy substitutions.

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