Over a Cup of Coffee: Trying out beef in pies

Diane Prather

Diane Prather's columns appear in the Craig Daily Press and Saturday Morning Press. You can call her at 824-8809.

I still am searching for some recipes to try after the holidays. This week, I found two beef recipes in “Cattlemen’s Favorite Beef Recipes,” a booklet of beef recipes published in 1957. The recipes were submitted from Cowbelle members from around Colorado. I have not tried the recipes, but I’m going to this coming week. I like the recipes because the ingredients are what I have on hand.

Mrs. Al Atchison, of Mile-Hi Cowbelles, wrote a note at the end of “Mile-Hi Vega-Beef Pie.” She wrote that it takes well to being “warmed over.”

Mile-Hi Vega-Beef Pie

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 can green beans

1 (10-ounce) can tomato soup

2 medium –sized onions, chopped

5 medium-sized potatoes, cooked

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup warm milk

salt and pepper

*Optional: can of mushrooms or sliced pimentos

Brown onions in 3 tablespoons hot fat; add meat and seasonings. Add drained green beans and tomato soup. Pour into a greased casserole. Mash the potatoes. Add milk, beaten egg and seasonings. Spoon into mounds over the meat. Bake in a moderate oven of 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Sprinkle paprika over the potato mounds if desired. A can of sliced mushrooms is a tasty addition, as the flavor blends well with the green beans. Serve with salad and French bread.

This second recipe also was submitted to the book by Mrs. Al Atchison.

Garden of the Gods Beef Casserole

1 pound of ground beef

8-ounce package medium width noodles

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1 can tomato soup

1/4 pound grated Longhorn cheese

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package. While they are cooking, slowly sauté the ground beef with the chopped onion and green pepper until the meat is thoroughly cooked and lightly browned. Blend the drained, cooked noodles with the meat. Add the tomato soup and grated cheese. You may save enough cheese to sprinkle lightly over the top. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

If you have recipes you would like to share, call 970-824-8809 or write to P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626.

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