Tamale pie plated. Miam miam.
The recipe is quick to make with pantry and fridge staples (usually they're staples in my house unless I've run out).
The chili portion can take almost whatever veggies you want it to. You could use a portion of chili you may have frozen in the freezer for a make-ahead meal. Thaw completely, spread it in your pan, top and bake. Even quicker!
Tamale pie filling (chili) ingredients.
The cornbread topping is just enough, not too much and not too little. It's delightfully light and surprisingly buttery without any butter or cheese.
Cornbread topping - so yummy!
So the recipe I followed last night was from Moosewood Restaurant`s Low Fat Favorites (here`s an online version of the cookbook recipe). I used no cheese and no cilantro (I can't stomach it, here's an article which may explain some of my innate aversion). I used plain yogurt in the topping. Those are my only variations, I think.
Tamale pie broken open.
Everyone in my house loved it and it served us all for supper with two lunch servings for the school-guy and worker-dude. What am I going to have for lunch now?! Hmmmm
Adapted from Moosewood`s Low Fat
2 tsp olive oil
1 chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp cumin
1 t. oregano
2 Tbsp water
1 cup peeled diced carrots
1 cup diced bell pepper
½ cup frozen corn
1 c. crushed canned tomatoes (15oz)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (19oz)
1 can green lentils, drained and rinsed (19oz)
¾ c. cornmeal
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup plain yogurt, which I used (or buttemilk)
2 Tbsp oil
- warm oil in saucepan add onion and garlic and vegetables. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. Add cumin, oregano and water to prevent sticking. Stir in tomatoes, lentils and beans, cover and simmer 5-10 minutes remove from heat add salt and pepper to taste.
- preheat oven to 375F.
- prepare 2 qt casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread mixture in bottom of dish.
- in bowl combine flour, meal, salt powder and soda. In separate bowl combine egg, milk and oil gently fold wet ingredients into dry . Pour on top of veggies bake 30-35 minutes.
Would be great garnished with sour cream and scallions. Or served with a few tortilla chips, which we did. Yeah, baby!
Tamale pie baked - gorgeous!