Tamale Pie

Tamale pie plus two toddler-sized portions

Man I love an easy one dish meal.  My husband found this in Better Homes and Gardens under “BEEF AND CORN CASSEROLES.”  And yes, it was in all caps in the recipe section as if this were and actual category of food.  I love the simplicity of some of the BHG and Southern Living recipes–they’re like what your mom would throw together if she didn’t have time to go to the grocery store.

That is the complete beauty of this dish.  You don’t have to go to the store.  Everything is frozen (meat), canned (corn, ro-tel) or dry (cornbread).  A cooking mom’s dream.

We’ve been having “family dinner” on Sundays in an exercise in manners and civility for my spirited 3-year-old.  I can’t say this dinner was a huge hit with him as he requested “just meat” and is on a steady diet of “just meat” and yogurt.  I’ve come to the realization that this dinner should require little or no effort so that we can focus on the manners and civility rather than on the timing of the meal.  (I’ve been known to spend the entire Sunday puttering in “my sandbox” only to have meltdowns around 5:30 when normal kid dinner is served)  But alas, at least my baby girl loved the cornbread on top.

Note:  Being from Texas, I find very little relation between this dish and a tamale besides meat and corn…

Tamale Pie

adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

1.5 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 can Ro-Tel
1 11 ozcan corn
1/2 C plus 2 tbsp shredded mexi-cheese

1/2 C flour
1/2 C yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
2/3 C milk
1tsp cooking oil

Preheat oven to 350. Brown beef and drain off fat. Stir in undrained Ro-Tel and 1 C corn. Heat through. Transfer to 2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with 1/2 C cheese. (I just covered the meat mixture with cheesiness and this seemed to allow the cornbread a good foundation to rise higher than less cheesy attempts)
For cornbread topping: In medium bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir in egg, milk, and oil. Evenly spread over beef mixture. Sprinkle remaining 2 tbsp cheese. Bake uncovered, 30 minutes until topping is set. Let stand 5 minutes.


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