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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Turkey Black Bean Tamale Pie


We didn't host Thanksgiving this year so I had only a limited amount of leftovers. I decided to use my precious turkey on this recipe by Rick Rodgers, a cookbook author and frequent contributer to Fine Cooking magazine. This is his recipe for Turkey Tamale Pie. I have no former experience with Tamale Pie, so I can't compare it to others. But this was delicious. (Jeanette, if you're visiting, I was thinking of you and Mark the whole time I was making this.) You make a sauce with jalapenos, onions, garlic, tomato sauce and chili powder (I added some some cumin, ground coriander seed, cayenne and chipotle powder to our sauce to spice things up a bit more.) And then you mix in some chopped turkey meat, black beans and corn.


This is all heaped into a baking dish and covered with a cornmeal crust. Then the whole concoction (dare I call it a casserole?) is baked to bubbly goodness. Did I mention you cover the cornmeal with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese? The cornmeal crust is made from stone ground cornmeal and water - no fat is cut into the dough which makes this recipe reasonably healthy. The only oil you use is to saute the aromatics and there's not a huge amount of cheese. I halved the entire recipe. It fitted nicely in a medium size oval baking dish. This one is about 2 inches deep.

2 comments:

Beth Kanter said...

Hi,

I work with Nina Simonds at Spices of Life and just disovered your blog because of the link! Thanks so much for adding spices of life in the sidebar. we just posted a new video this week - on some good wine buys. Hope you'll come and visit.

Thanks

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I am planning on making turkey tamale pie tonight and came across your blog. That recipe looks great!

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