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Recipes: Easy Casseroles and Meat Pies

Finding the time to cook a balanced meal that is also tasty can be difficult, especially for those of us with busy lifestyles! This is where casseroles and meat pies can come in handy! They are easy to put together and won't cost a lot as far as ingredients go, you usually have the ingredients on hand! In this article, I am including some of my favorite casseroles and meat pies. I hope you enjoy them! Cottage Pie

Ingredients:
2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut for boiling
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 of a small onion, finely chopped
2 lbs ground beef
Brown gravy mix
2 cans of mixed vegetables
Parsley to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large pot, bring the potatoes to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fully cooked, but still a little firm. While the potatoes are cooking, saute the onions in a skillet until they turn soft. Add the beef and cook it until it turns brown all the way through. Season with parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix the gravy to a very thick consistency and add to the beef. Mix well. When the potatoes are dome, remove them from the heat, stir in the butter, and then add the milk a little at a time. You don't want the potatoes to be too creamy or they won't set up properly. Pour the beef and gravy mixture into the bottom of a casserole dish. Open and drain the cans of vegetables and spread evenly over the meat. Top with an even layer of mashed potatoes. If you like, sprinkle a bit of grated cheese on top. Bake at 375 degrees F for about half an hour, or until the potatoes start to turn golden brown. Serve with gravy on top.

Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
1 small bag hash browns (Ore Ida work great for this)
2 lbs pork sausage
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 cup milk
1 tsp salt
9 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard


Directions:
Cook the sausage in a skillet until it is cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Next, brown the hash browns over a medium heat. You may want to use a tablespoon or two of oil for this. Mix the hash browns, sausage, cheese, milk, salt, eggs, and mustard. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for an hour.Tuna Casserole

Ingredients:
2 cups of uncooked noodles (elbow macaroni work well)
12 ounces of tuna (in brine)
2 small cans of concentrated cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup of milk
1 can of peas
1 small pack of shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then add the noodles. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the noodles are al dente. Flake the tuna pieces into a casserole dish, then add the cream of chicken soup, milk, and peas. Blend the ingredients together and top with an even coating of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 - 30 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.Beef Pie

Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 pie shell, frozen-deep dish
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cottage cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Directions:
Fry the onions in a skillet until they start to soften. Add the beef and cook thoroughly. Mix in the flour, salt, pepper, ketchup, and butter until well blended. Pour this mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Combine the sour cream, cottage cheese, and eggs in a bowl, then pour on top of the meat pie. Sprinkle with a bit of paprika if you like. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 or 40 minutes.


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