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Friday, November 10, 2017

Tamale Pie

It has been really cold here lately.  We even had snow (twice!) in the last week, which is pretty out of the ordinary for the PNW.  I was craving some tamale pie the other day, and discovered a bag of masa hiding out in my cupboard.  I searched through every cookbook that I had for something mildly authentic, and realized... yeah, tamale pie is probably made up by white people.  :)  Regardless, I persevered!

Tamale Pie: 

1 bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 c. frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes
Half of a bag of Morningstar Farms crumbles/other fake meat (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
2 c. dry masa
1 3/4 c. water
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. salt

In a large pan, heat about 2 tsp. olive oil, or spray the pan with cooking spray.  Cook the onion, pepper, garlic, until they are cooked through and the onion is translucent.  Add the spices, beans, crumbles, tomatoes, and corn, and cook for 10 minutes. 

While the vegetables are cooking, mix together the masa, water, oil, and salt in a small bowl.  Take the pan off of the heat, and add some water if it seems dry, about half a cup.  Sprinkle the cheese on top, and then spoon the masa mixture on top of that.  Try to spread it out a little.  Cook at 350* for 30 minutes, until all of the topping is brown and cooked through.  

Serve with avocado, sour cream. or salsa.

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