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Sun May 17, 2020, 06:24 PM

Cornbread Casserole.

In an ovenproof skillet (preferably with high sides - you can also use a large casserole dish, but it needs to be large as this makes a lot):

Lightly brown 1lb of ground beef (not quite fully cooked), drain.
return to stove and add:
1 sweet onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 diced jalapeno
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
Cook until onions are almost translucent, they will finish in oven later. About 4 minutes.

Add:
1 can, drained, black beans or beans of your choice.
1 can, drained, sweet corn
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies, regular diced tomatoes are fine as well.
1 - 8 ounce can tomato sauce
Stir to mix, if you feel it is needs some more water add to your liking, it should be a fairly thick sauce.

Add Taco Seasoning (blend well before adding seasoning to skillet):
1 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Stir in seasoning and simmer for 5 minutes

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.

While that is simmering, prepare cornbread topping. I got my cornbread recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking. Gemma is a pleasure to watch and her recipes are to die for...recipe is at website listed below, but I will list it here as well.

1 can corn (blend until lumpy like creamed corn)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese or whatever you like, I used Mexican blend this time as I had it on hand
2 jalapenos chopped, de-seed if you don't want it so hot.
1 cup yellow cornmeal, fine
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Whisk together milk, honey and butter. Add cheese, corn, jalapenos and stir in. Then mix dry ingredients and add to wet. Stir to combine. Don't over mix.

Add some cheese over the beef mixture (this is optional).

Pour the cornbread mixture over the ground beef mixture in the hot skillet.

Put the whole skillet in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check and adjust time for your oven. This is what my oven does, but it is a convection oven so your times may vary.

Gemma's Cornbread Recipe:
https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/cornbread-recipe-best-ever/

Once you pull it out of the oven, let it cool for a bit and then dish it up and top with either sour cream or salsa. I like sour cream as it kind of cuts the spice a bit.

This is my first time ever posting a recipe, I hope you enjoy.

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cayugafalls May 17 OP
babylonsister May 17 #1
Freddie May 17 #2
cayugafalls May 17 #3
locks May 17 #4
cayugafalls May 17 #5
Kali May 18 #6
cayugafalls May 18 #7
spinbaby May 18 #8
Vinca May 18 #9
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Response to cayugafalls (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 06:50 PM

1. Thanks for sharing, sounds delish!!

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Response to cayugafalls (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:14 PM

2. Looks awesome!

Are you from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio? My future daughter-in-law is from there. They live in Florida and postponed their April wedding, possibly to Oct. They are now having it in Ohio (was originally in Florida) so no one has to fly except them. It’s an 8 hour drive for us in the Philly burbs but that’s way preferable to flying right now.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #2)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:22 PM

3. I was born in Cuyahoga County. We lived on the river.

But I am not from Cuyahoga Falls, per se, close, but not exactly.

It is funny that they live in Florida, we moved from Ohio to Florida in my youth. St. Petersburg, Florida.

Small world!

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Response to cayugafalls (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:41 PM

4. Oooh yours sounds delish

When I was growing up my mom made a cornbread topped sloppy joe casserole that we all loved. I think it was more like chili than Mexican.

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Response to locks (Reply #4)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:34 PM

5. It is quite yummy.

It makes a lot and there are only my wife and I, my son won't touch it because it has peppers in it. lol. He does not know what he is missing.

An extra tip for the cornbread topping is to add 4 slices chopped crispy bacon...I did not do it this time but it is really good, just adds more time though, I was lazy this time, lol. Definitely not a light dish, though. It is all you need to eat.

If you like spicy stuff then you will like this dish. Of course you can always moderate the spice level to your taste.

Thanks for the compliment, I hope you can try it sometime!

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Response to cayugafalls (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:21 PM

6. we called this type of dish tamale pie

you can make it with masa as well as yellow cornmeal, probably polenta too. my Mom always put sliced black olives in it but I do NOT!

(olives are a side dish not an ingredient!!!)

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Response to Kali (Reply #6)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:58 PM

7. Thank you for that information!

Tamale Pie sounds good too!

I agree with your take on Black Olives...I like them in salads but not this dish for sure.

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Response to cayugafalls (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2020, 02:40 PM

8. Sounds yummy

Also sounds like it would serve about twelve. I wonder how it would freeze.

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Response to cayugafalls (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2020, 05:25 PM

9. That sounds good. I'm going to give it a try.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #9)

Mon May 18, 2020, 06:05 PM

10. Awesome!

Let me know how you like it!

Please feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your tastes. If you like a more savory cornbread just eliminate the honey.

Bon Appétit!

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