One of America’s Favorites – Tamale Pie

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A tamale pie

Tamale pie is a pie and casserole dish in the cuisine of the Southwestern United States. It is prepared with a cornmeal crust and ingredients typically used in tamales. It has been described as a comfort food. The dish, invented sometime in the early 1900s in the United States, may have originated in Texas, and its first known published recipe dates to 1911.

Tamale pie is prepared with a cornmeal crust and typical tamale fillings arranged in several layers. Beef is traditionally used, but it can also be prepared using other meats such as chicken and turkey meat, and can also be prepared as a meatless dish. Although sometimes characterized as Mexican food, these forms are not popular in Mexican-American culture, in which the individually wrapped style is preferred. Tamale pie has been described as a “comfort-food classic” in the book The Ultimate Casseroles Book, published by Better Homes and Gardens.

Ingredients that are used include beef and ground beef, pork, chorizo, chicken, beans, cheese, cornmeal, corn, creamed corn, beans, black olives, onion, garlic, tomato, bell peppers, chili peppers, salsa, butter, seasonings such as chili powder, salt and pepper. Standard fine cornmeal can be used, as can masa harina, a corn-based tortilla flour. Cheese used may be used to top the dish, and can also be inside of the pie. The dish is typically baked in an oven. Garnishes used include cheese, sliced tomatoes, avocado slices, cilantro and olive oil.

A portion of a tamale pie

Tamale pie was invented sometime in the early 1900s in the United States, and circa the mid 1910s the dish was included in the curriculums of some home economics classes in U.S. high schools. The dish may have originated in the U.S. state of Texas. John F. Mariani’s 1983 title The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink claims the first published recipe for tamale pie dates to 1911. Recipes for this style of dish were also published prior to this time. The 1899 book The Capitol Cook Book, published in Austin, Texas included a recipe for a similar pot pie prepared with a wheat flour crust on the top of the dish, and the 1905 book The Times Cook Book #2, published by the Los Angeles Times, included a recipe for a casserole with “cornmeal crusts above and below.” Another cookbook published circa the time of World War I has a tamale pie recipe, stating that the dish can be utilized to save wheat.

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tamale Pie

May 28, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s Meatless Monday Recipe is – Tamale Pie. It’s a Vegetarian Tamale Pie! Another one of those Meatless Recipes that needs no meat! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes for all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Tamale Pie
This great tasting vegetarian tamale pie is sure to become a family favorite for meatless entrées.

Recipe Ingredients:
Filling:
3 cups cooked cranberry or dark or light red kidney beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup green olives, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Crust:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons green chiles, chopped

Topping:
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a large skillet, sauté onions, garlic, and green pepper in oil. Stir in tomato paste and chili powder. Then add water, beans, olives, parsley, salt and black pepper. Simmer mixture, stirring, until heated through.
2 – Spread bean mixture evenly in a greased 8-inch baking dish or shallow casserole.
3 – In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add egg, milk, oil, and green chiles. Stir mixture until ingredients are moist.
4 – Spread batter over bean mixture and top with cheese.
5 – Bake, uncovered, at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/tamale_pie_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tamale Pie

November 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Tamale Pie. Vegetarian tamale pie with fillings of Onion, Bell Pepper, Olives, Spices, and more! I came across many recipes for this but I went with the one at CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines. So check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Tamale Pie
This great tasting vegetarian tamale pie is sure to become a family favorite for meatless entrées.

Recipe Ingredients:

Filling:
3 cups cooked cranberry or dark or light red kidney beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup green olives, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Crust:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons green chiles, chopped

Topping:
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a large skillet, sauté onions, garlic, and green pepper in oil. Stir in tomato paste and chili powder. Then add water, beans, olives, parsley, salt and black pepper. Simmer mixture, stirring, until heated through.
2 – Spread bean mixture evenly in a greased 8-inch baking dish or shallow casserole.
3 – In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add egg, milk, oil, and green chiles. Stir mixture until ingredients are moist.
4 – Spread batter over bean mixture and top with cheese.
5 – Bake, uncovered, at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/tamale_pie_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tamale Pie

January 23, 2017 at 6:45 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Tamale Pie. As most recipes you can find this recipe on many sites with different versions, I went with one on the CooksRecipes website. Check the Cooks site out and all their great recipes! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 
Tamale Pie

This great tasting vegetarian tamale pie is sure to become a family favorite for meatless entrées.Cooksrecipes 2

Recipe Ingredients:

Filling:
3 cups cooked cranberry or dark or light red kidney beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup green olives, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Crust:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons green chiles, chopped

Topping:
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a large skillet, sauté onions, garlic, and green pepper in oil. Stir in tomato paste and chili powder. Then add water, beans, olives, parsley, salt and black pepper. Simmer mixture, stirring, until heated through.
2 – Spread bean mixture evenly in a greased 8-inch baking dish or shallow casserole.
3 – In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add egg, milk, oil, and green chiles. Stir mixture until ingredients are moist.
4 – Spread batter over bean mixture and top with cheese.
5 – Bake, uncovered, at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/tamale_pie_recipe.html

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