Wednesday, April 1, 2009

So, I have this funny issue with casseroles. I am not sure if this is factual, but I think there is an epidemic where I live. It seems everything is cooked in a casserole dish, a crock pot, or contains one of the following ingredients: Cool Whip, Jell-O, and Ore-Ida potatoes. Now really, I quite enjoy these dishes, but I have some difficulty going with the flow. But today, I was doing some deep cleaning in the kitchen and was re-arranging my cookbooks, and found myself perusing them (I collect vintage and obscure cookbooks). So anyway, I found that casseroles were kind of a staple back in the day...it seems that pretty much anything can be made into a casserole. So tonight, I tried something new. It was pretty basic, but it went well...worthy of a post I guess. So here it is....my tribute to the casserole dish......ta ta ta TUM! enjoy.

Tamale Pie
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup bell pepper, diced
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 cup olives, sliced
1 1/2 cups corn
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tea. spoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika

2 cups cheddar or pepper jack cheese, grated
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a skillet, cook meat, pepper, onion, and garlic until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Next, add the corn and the tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes.

add the olives
and the spices. Mix well and pour into a 10 inch pie dish or a casserole dish. (spray it first with non-stick spray.
Combine the cheese, cornmeal, salt, and water in a saucepan
Cook over medium high heat until it thickens. add the olive oil and stir until smooth. Pour and spread over the meat mixture. And bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

I served it with a simple salad.

it was pretty good for a one dish dinner. But casseroles look so boring on a plate! Next time, I think I will make actual cornbread and top it off with that, and probably add some chilies to it. I liked it this way, it is much like baked polenta. Let me know when you make it.

3 comments:

KVA said...

I have always wondered what people have against using real whipping cream. What kind of pepper's would you add to the dish and how much? Do you have a good recipe for corn bread. I make a sweet corn bread and it's super yummy...but it wouldn't go well on top of this.

5 Star Foodie said...

This looks yummy!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks delicious, I like the topping! And I love one-dish meals!