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Tamale Pie

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Ingredients
For filling
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), minced
  Diced tomatoes 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Green pepper 1 , chopped
  Tomato puree 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For crust
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Corn grits 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cornmeal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Grated cheese/Soy cheese 2 Cup (32 tbs) (as per choice, one that melts well)
  Chili powder 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sliced olives 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cooked beans 4 Cup (64 tbs) (preferably kidney, Lima or black turtle)
  Pecorino 1 Tablespoon
  Romano cheese 4 Tablespoon
Directions

MAKING
1. In a skillet warm olive oil.
2. Add onions and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes till they are soft.
3. Add tomato puree, chili powder, pepper, tomatoes, olives and salt. Sommer 10 minutes.
4. Combine beans. Simmer 10 minutes.
5. To prepare the crust boil water.
6. Add cornmeal and corn grits. Stir well.
7. Whisk so that there are no lumps. Mix Romano and olive oil.
8. Simmer 10 minutes. Keep stirring so that the ingredients do not stick.
9. Add olive oil to grease a 2-quart casserole.
10. Spoon cornmeal crust while reserving 1-1/2 cups as toppings.
11. Spread filling on the crust and add the remaining cornmeal in the top section.
12. Add grated cheese.
13. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Stand 10 minutes further.

SERVING
14. Serve Tamale Pie immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Mexican
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Salad
Ingredient: 
Corn
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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