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Mexican Tamale Pie

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Ingredients
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Yellow cornmeal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), grated
  Olive oil/Salad oil 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), crushed
  Ground chuck 1 1⁄2 Pound
  Tomato sauce 1 Can (10 oz)
  Tomato paste 1 Can (10 oz)
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Instant minced onion 2 Tablespoon
  Chili seasoning mix 1 Ounce (1 Packet)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Red kidney beans 1 Can (10 oz), drained
  Vaccum packed whole kernel corn with sweet peppers 1 Can (10 oz)
  Pitted black olives 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Pitted black olives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), halved
  Cheddar cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), grated
Directions

Preparation
1) Get the cornmeal ready a day in advance. for this, take a 4-quart saucepan, add 4 cups of water & 1 tsp of salt and boil. Let the water come to a rolling boil. Slowly add in the cornmeal, while stirring constantly. Stir till the mixture becomes thick.
2) Turn down the heat on the saucepan. Cook the cornmeal uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the parmesan cheese. Transfer the mixture into a greased 13X9X2-inch baking dish. Let rest for 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate the dish overnight.
3) Next day, preheat the oven to 375F.

MAKING
4) In a large skillet, heat oil. Add in the garlic and saute till soft but not brown. Take the garlic out from the skillet.
5) Add in the ground chuck. Saute till the raw colour disappears. Drain off the extra fat.
6) Add in tomato sauce, tomato paste and water. Mix all well.
7) Add in the remaining garlic, minced onion, chilli-seasoning mix, salt, sugar, kidney beans, corn and chopped olives. Mix all well. Cook on medium flame, without a lid on. Keep stirring till the mixture heats up evenly.
8) Slice the set cornmeal mixture into 24 squares.
9) Transfer the meat mixture into a 3-quart casserole. Place 12 cornmeal squares around the inside edge of the casserole.
10) Arrange the remaining squares overlapping the ones below. Place the halved black olives over the meat. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
11) Bake the dish uncovered for about 30 minutes, till the cheese starts to bubble and melt.

SERVING
12) Serve the Mexican Tamale Pie hot, with a spicy dipping sauce on the side.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mexican
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pie
Ingredient: 
Beef
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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