|You are going to luv this one!|
Actually my 2 oldest are good, adventurous eaters and the youngest is getting better, but ya know how little kids can be. We kind of got stuck in a food rut for the last 25 years. At least it was good, healthy food; balanced nutrition was always very important to me. Funny though to look at a pic of my kids when they were very little, you would have thought I starved them... super skinny, I'm talking like scary skinny. I'll have to see if I can find that pic and show y'all, it actually kind of freaked me out the last time I saw it again, lol.
So back to Tamale Pie, yesterday I read BF the recipe and he said "go for it love" (he's a very good eater, even if I mess it up or its something he doesn't like he's generally eating it; he was raised that you eat everything on your plate and don't complain, that's rude). I was super excited to cook dinner. Excited to cook... wait am I a clone and don't know it? No really, this is not where I expected to be in life at this point. I actually thought I would be eating out all the time and only cooking on special occasions, but then again life has a funny way of changing on us in unexpected ways. One of the reasons I titled my blog, 'Life in a Different Direction'. Again I digress...
If you have never had or heard of Tamale Pie, its a casserole type dish with a tomato base, hamburger and a cornmeal crust on top. Obviously its the 60's American housewives version of Mexican food which at the time was not a part of American culture as it is now. You can bing or google the recipe but I wanted the classic that mom always made, from her cookbook, now my favorite cookbook. I swear I had dreamed of it, which strange as it may sound I actually do dream about her cooking, just one more thing I've missed since she died.
1 lb ground beef
1 c chopped onion
1 c chopped green pepper
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 12 oz can whole kernel corn
1/2 cup pitted, olives, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
2-3 tsp chili powder, depends on taste (I did 3 and it was barely spicy)
This is the main part, the topping comes next.
|I brown meat 1st, drain then brown all together, but I'm a big fat freak!|
|I just luv this garlic, I thought it was a miracle when I discovered it years ago!|
Stir in rest of ingredients and let simmer for 25 mins or until thick. (I did not add my olives here I waited and only added to half during assembly, BF doesn't like them).
|Doesn't this just look yummy! and it smells amazing!|
1/2 tsp salt
2 c cold water
1 tbs butter
In small saucepan add water, salt and cornmeal, cook on med high heat and stir constantly to avoid lumps or sticking. Stir till thick. Next add butter, stir into topping.
|Should have an oatmeal like consistency|
Now when your tomato mix finished, you are ready to assemble and bake.
In 9x9x2 (approx) baking dish (glass or metal no difference which ever you prefer, but I do suggest lining with foil, I forgot had to soak my pan overnight, ugh!). Pour tomato mix into pan, cover with cheese,
(this is where I added the olives to just half the pan, easy peasy and I have olives left to use for something else)
then spread on cornmeal topper.
|Its best to do this quickly right after the topping is done as it spreads easier when hot|
Bake in moderate oven (375) about 40 mins.
Serves 4-6, depending on your appetite, which trust me after you smell this cooking will be pretty big ;)
I was thrilled that it tasted exactly like my moms and was still delicious like I dreamed about and bonus BF was happy, he actually said, 'I loved it'. So score! I know it does take awhile to make but you can make ahead and then refrigerate and bake later; but whatever time it takes, its well worth the effort!
Enjoy Y'all and have a great weekend.