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Halloween Recipe:  Jack-o’-Lantern Meat & Cheese Pie

It has been many years since I have had children or family around to cook special meals for, but this one I have made a couple of times in years past when I have hosted October dinners, and it is a fun alternative to cheeseburgers during the month. It may be a Halloween recipe that will make your ghosts and goblins squeal with delight.

This Jack-o’-Lantern Meat & Cheese Pie is easy to make, and takes about 20 minutes preparation time, and 30 minutes baking time. Like many other recipes I use, I alter it to my own taste. It is also one that I have put in a regular pie plate as a meat pie to take for potluck dinners, without the colored egg wash.

I found the original recipe nearly 20 years ago in a women's magazine ( Woman's Day ?), and I have added some of my notes


  • 1 lb. lean ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce, catsup, or salsa, if you like it a bit spicier
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 oz. Monterey jack cheese, grated (pepper jack is my favorite)
  • 2 chilled pie crusts, homemade or purchased
  • 1 egg, mixed with 2 Tbsp. water, and 1 drop each of yellow and red food coloring


  1. In large skillet, brown ground beef with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until beef is crumbly and cooked thoroughly. Drain off any fat.
  2. Stir in catsup, tomato sauce or salsa, and the Worcestershire sauce. Let meat mixture cool.
  3. Grate together both cheeses and toss together. Set aside one cup of cheese.
  4. Unfold one pie crust and put on greased baking sheet.
  5. Stir two cups of cheese into meat and onion mixture and spoon onto the center of pie crust. Leave a 2-inch border around the circle.
  6. Unfold the other pie crust and cut out eyes, nose, and mouth, as you would a jack-o’-lantern, but set cutouts aside to use later.
  7. Place crust over top of the meat mixture and crimp edges, and fold under. Use the saved crust cutouts to fashion as a stem for the top of the jack-o’-lantern face.
  8. In small bowl, whisk together egg, water and food colorings. Use pastry brush to brush over the crust.
  9. Preheat oven to 425 degree F and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  10. Brush again with egg mixture. Fill jack-o’-lantern eyes, nose and mouth with remaining cheese. Bake 7-10 minutes more until golden brown.
  11. Serve with corn on the cob and a fresh salad. Serves 6 or more.

Another fun Halloween casserole main dish, using a fresh pumpkin as the cooking and serving dish, is the Jack-o-Lantern Casserole , which is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A.

Source: My recipe box; a card that I copied the recipe from a woman's magazine back in 1995.

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

Adapted from original post previously submitted on Bubblews and removed by author.

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markgraham wrote on September 26, 2015, 1:03 PM

I can manage this one, anything that can be made into a pie is for me. I can make pies with anything.

CoralLevang wrote on September 26, 2015, 1:10 PM

Then I think you will like this. It's a variation of meat pie. Usually is a hit with the kids at Halloween.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:10 PM

Sharing this one so I can find it easy later. That sounds very good

CoralLevang wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:30 PM

It's fun and it's simple. Thanks for the share!

MegL wrote on September 26, 2015, 3:14 PM

That sounds a good one. Are you on Pinterest? I am collecting recipes and decorations on Pinterest ahead of time and a photograph of that would go well on there.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 26, 2015, 3:14 PM

Another awesome looking recipe. I can't wait to see how this one looks prepared. Not that I'd copy and paste this one, too. Or would I?

Feisty56 wrote on September 26, 2015, 10:18 PM

Another nutritious and tasty idea that kids and adults would both enjoy!

Paulie wrote on September 27, 2015, 3:25 AM

This looks like another very good tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing something just in time for Halloween.

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 1:26 PM

That sounds very attractive and cute. I don't think it will fit into my Weight Watchers plan. :(

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 2:31 PM

I am on Pinterest under the name CocoGypsy

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 2:33 PM

DWDavisRSL I haven't made it in years, before I had a smart phone to shoot photographs. It's a fun one, though I typically put this in a pie plate, and dispense with the toothless smile.

I am not sure what you mean, though, by "Not that I'd copy and paste this one, too. Or would I?"


Last Edited: September 27, 2015, 3:18 PM

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 2:34 PM

I am thinking that bacon would be a great additive. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 2:34 PM

Thanks, Paulie

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 2:35 PM

It's not always the best looking when the crust bubbles up, but it's fun.

And one small slice ... moderation....might be allowed? For Halloween? I would check with your coach.

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 2:41 PM

Oh one can always have one tiny amount. Just have to plan it and make up for it somewhere in the day

MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 4:15 PM

Found you and followedyou as Coco Gypsy.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 27, 2015, 8:11 PM

Because I copy and pasted the other one that cooks in a pumpkin shell.

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 9:54 PM

Oh, I wasn't sure. I was confused. LOL Easy to do nowadays.