1930's Canadian Tamale Pie

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Jan. 13, 2021

Today on the Old Cookbook Show, we are going to make a 1930's Depression era Canadian version of a Tamale Pie Recipe. Tamale Pie probably wasn't something that a lot of Canadians were eating in the 1930's - so this Tamale Pie Recipe was a bit of an exotic anomaly in this cookbook.


Cornmeal 1 1/3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
Salt 1 1/2 Teaspoon
Cold water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Boiling water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
Suet 1 Ounce
Onion 1
Ground beef/Pork 1 Pound
Canned tomatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Cayenne pepper To Taste



1. Preheat oven to 350ºF


2. Mix cornmeal, salt, and cold water; add boiling water.

3. Stir well and cook in a double boiler for 1 hour.

4. Render suet, and cook onion until it browns.

5. Then add meat and brown it, add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes.

6. Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.

7. In a greased casserole, add an inch layer of cornmeal.

8. Add the meat in a layer, and then a final layer of cornmeal.

9. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

10. Remove cover and brown.


11. Serve and enjoy

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Ready In: 60 Minutes
Servings: 4