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Grandma’s Potpie

My husband and father-in-law are both picky eaters, but they do enjoy this savory meat pie with flaky golden crust. The recipe is from my husband's grandmother.—Annette Wheatley, Syracuse, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup diced peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in onion powder and salt. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Top with potatoes and vegetables.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over vegetables.
  • For crust, in a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk until a soft dough forms.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough into a 9-in. square. Place over filling; flute edges and cut slits in top. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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  • NH-rescue
    Dec 31, 2015

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  • Jenns6716
    May 6, 2013

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  • joatway
    Sep 27, 2012

    This was good, but the crust didn't really turn out as expected. It was quite thick and hard. Next time I'll use my own crust recipe.

  • Sierra05
    Jan 27, 2012

    I used ground Turkey with this recipe and my family loved it. The first time I made it there was a lil too much gravy for my family. Otherwise great healthy meal and easy.

  • WisconsinMama
    Jan 21, 2012

    Another note I didn't mention- I cheat and use a premade crust. I find it much easier at this point when I don't have much time and it also isn't as "bulky" of a crust.

  • WisconsinMama
    Jan 21, 2012

    This is a great recipe- easy and so delicious. My 3yr. old eats every bite. And a tip- I double the veggies it calls for and sometimes I switch the beef/broth for chicken and chicken stock. So, so good for winterblues!

  • carrolcofer
    Apr 18, 2010

    The crust was good but a bit thicker than expected. Needed twice as much gravy or sauce so we'll increase that on the next go-round. Overall good comfort food.

  • cpheifer
    Apr 14, 2008

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