*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
 
                                 Tamale Pie
 
 Recipe By     : The New Laurel’s Kitchen
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Entrees
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         FILLING
    1                    chopped onion
    1      clove         garlic
    1      tbsp          oil -- or less
    2      tsps          chili powder
      1/2  tsp           cumin
    2      c             cooked pinto or kidney beans
    1      tsp           salt -- *see notes
    2      tbsps         tomato paste
      1/2  c             whole ripe olives -- optional
      1/2  c             fresh, frozen or canned niblet corn -- optional
      1/2                chopped green bell pepper
      1/2  c             chopped celery
                                         
                         CRUST
    3      c             boiling water
    1      c             cornmeal -- coarsely ground
                         OR
    1 1/2  c             regular cornmeal
    1      tsp           salt
      1/2  tsp           chili powder
                                         
      1/4  c             grated cheddar cheese -- for topping
 
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
 
 Saute onion & garlic in oil.  When nearly soft, add chili powder & cumin 
 and crush garlic with a fork.  Continue to cook & stir until the spices 
 are fragrant.  Meantime, mash beans & mix them & the tomato paste into 
 the onion, along with the other filling ingredients.  When hot, adjust 
 seasonings and set aside.
 
 Stir cornmeal slowly into boiling water (if you use regular cornmeal 
 instead of coarse it is likely to lump; stir it first into 1 cup *cold* 
 water, then into 2 cups boiling water).  Cook & stir until thick, adding 
 the salt & chili powder once the mixture comes to a boil.
 
 Grease an 8x8 pan & spread 2/3 of the cornmeal mixture over the bottom 
 & sides; then pour the bean mixture into this cornmeal crust; drop & 
 spread the remaining third of the cornmeal on the top (don't worry if it 
 doesn't cover completely).  Sprinkle the top with grated cheddar cheese 
 & cook for 1/2 an hour.
 
 The recipe says it serves four -- *generously*.
 
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 NOTES : Tamale Pie is a satisfying main dish that can take a lot of 
 variation.  If you have a double boiler, you can start the polenta 
 cookind first, stirring it only occasionally (in a regular pan it is 
 likely to burn if left to itself).
 
 *adjust salt according to whether the beans used are pre-salted.