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The recipe I'm blogging today is one I 'stole' from Rachael Ray's cookbook (that I proudly own) "just in time!" I'm going to post it the way I made it, but here's a link to the version on her website (which, btw, is a tad different than the one in the book - I don't know which came first).
And, of course, I took pics. :)
Skillet Tamale Pie
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 quart chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
1 pound ground beef
1 pound spicy pork sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 large red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon (or a little less) ground cumin
pinch of ground cinnamon
fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups masa (the corn meal stuff for making tamales)
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup or so of shredded cheddar cheese
In a large pan or wok, mix together the chicken broth and milk, and heat on medium high to a simmer. While this is heating, heat the olive oil in a large (14") cast iron skillet, on medium high. Add chopped veggies and cook until softened, stirring frequently. In a separate pan, cook ground beef and ground sausage until done; drain. Add meat to veggies in large skillet; add spices; stir well to combine; let it cook for a few minutes. Add the can of tomatoes and mix thoroughly; heat through.
In the meantime, when the liquid has begun to simmer, pour the masa in a smooth steady stream into the liquid, whisking as it pours in. Cook, stirring frequently, for approximately 10-15 minutes; add salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro and mix well.
Pour or spoon the masa mixture over the meat mixture in the skillet. Place in 500 degree broiler for about 5 minutes until masa is set. Sprinkle the cup of shredded cheese over the masa and heat for a couple minutes under broiler to brown the cheese.
Serve hot from the skillet; top with salsa, sour cream, olives, chopped green onions, guacamole, whatever you like. :)
And now for the photo documentary, LOL.
And...there wasn't any left!