TAMALE PIE STUFFED PEPPERS

 

  • Cooking Time: 50
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 60

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 pound sausage meat
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon seeded and minced hot green peppers
  • 1 large tomato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ear fresh corn
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 5 pitted black olives
  • 1/4 cup grated Shreded Swiss Cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated mild Cheddar
  • Cheese
  • Salt

Directions

  • Gradually stir cornmeal into cold water in a small bowl. Stir this mixture into boiling water in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly, to boiling; reduce heat to medium- low. Stir in butter. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 35 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • While cornmeal is cooking, saute sausage meat in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, breaking up the lumps with a fork, until it begins to lose its pink color. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Add ground beef and continue to cook, breaking up lumps with a fork, until beef loses its color, about 5 minutes. Add hot pepper sauce, celery and hot green pepper. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in tomato; cook 5 minutes longer.
  • With a sharp knife, cut corn kernels off cob, slicing about halfway through kernels. Using back of knife, scrape cob to remove remaining kernel bits and milky residue. Add corn to tomato/meat mixture. Cook 10 minutes longer. Add salt to taste; remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook peppers in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Trim off tops with sharp knife. Core and remove seeds. Fill each pepper with meat mixture, packing it down firmly with back of spoon. Leave about 1/2-inch of space at top of pepper. Cover top of each pepper with olive slices. Sprinkle with Swiss and Cheddar cheese. Spread a thin layer of cornmeal mixture over top, using 2 teaspoons per pepper. Place peppers in baking dish. Bake 50 minutes; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

The bell pepper never tasted so good! A little more time to make, but you'll be glad you did.

Categories: Main Dish  Mexican  Oven  Vegetable 

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