Monday, November 23, 2015

Tamale Pie

My life has been a little freaking insane busy as of late.
I don't remember the last time I didn't have 500 things to do every day...until today!

I can sleep in!
Those words don't come out of my mouth!! Due to my normal M-F schedule (alarm at 4:30) my internal clock doesn't allow for this sleeping in thing...but due to the amount of stuff going on, I was the poster child for exhaustion last night.

Head hit pillow=Jay was out!

Yeah. 4:30am. I hear this noise.
Mr. Sir, cat master of the house, is having himself a jolly good time playing with the doors on the entertainment center. Seriously? :::sigh:::
Get up, chase him away...convince my body that it's not a work day, that I can go back to bed...and so I do.

Then 5:30am happens.
Mr. Sir...again. Now he has managed to wiggle his FAT bum into this 2 inch opening in hubby's sock drawer...and now he is stuck. He's wiggling all over the place making the dresser creak.
(how am I the only one in the house to hear all this noise?)
I get up...rescue chubby man...and that's it. I'm done.

So much for sleeping in.

Thanks fuzz butt. It's a dang good thing you are a handsome sir...otherwise you might become an outdoor cat.

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Medium onion, chopped
1 Green bell pepper, chopped
2 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 ½ Lbs ground beef
1 ½ Cup corn kernels (canned, fresh, or frozen)
1 (14.5) oz can diced tomatoes (drained)
3 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp chili powder
4 Tsp ground cumin
2 Tsp salt
4 oz shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

1 ½ Cup yellow cornmeal
1 Cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tsp salt
2 Eggs
1 Cup milk
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Filling: in a large skillet, warm the oil until hot
3. Add onion, green pepper, and jalapenos. Cook until softened. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
4. Add ground beef to pan, breaking up the meat, cook until browned.
5. Add onion mixture to the cooked meat in the skillet
6. Stir in corn, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin and salt. Stir well.
7. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
8. Topping: Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
9. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and melted butter
10. Pour the wet ingredients over the cornmeal mixture. Mix until just moistened.
11. Assemble: Stir cheese into beef mixture
12. Pour beef mixture into a 9 x 13 pan, smoothing top
13. Pour cornbread mixture over the beef mixture, smoothing for an even top.
14. Bake for 30-40 minutes
15. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving


Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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  1. Cats can be so funny - but not so much at 5.30am! Why is it that something always conspires against us sleeping in! Love this recipe, Jay - Your tamale pie looks scrumptious - real comfort food. Sharing. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  2. Oh, my! This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  3. What a great recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen