Tamale Pies

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Tamale Pies


Yield: Serves 8


  • * 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • * 2 pounds ground dark-meat turkey
  • * 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • * 2 minced jalapeno chiles (seeds and ribs removed for less heat, if desired)
  • * 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • * Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • * 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • * 4 cups fresh (from 6 ears) or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • * Cornmeal Crust
  • * 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make filling: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. In two batches, brown turkey, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
2. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet. Cook onion, jalapeno, and cumin, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes; season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Return turkey to pan; stir in tomatoes and corn until combined.
3. Make Crust. (Look under cornmeal crust separately.) Pour 1/8 of the crust (1/4 cup) into the bottom of each of eight 10- to 12-ounce ramekins. Smooth tops with a spoon; cool 5 minutes. Top each with turkey filling, dividing evenly; sprinkle with cheese.
4. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet until filling is bubbling and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.
t's back to school and back to work-all the more reason to have dinner ready in the freezer. This recipe can be baked in an eight-inch square baking dish or two nine-inch deep-dish pie pans; you will need to add about fifteen minutes to the baking time.

Note: To freeze this dish, do not add cheese in step 3. Let pies cool completely; do not bake. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; freeze up to 3 months. To cook small pies: Remove plastic wrap from frozen pies, and cover with foil; bake 45 minutes. Remove foil, top with cheese, and bake 30 minutes more. To cook large pies: Defrost overnight in refrigerator. Sprinkle with cheese; bake, uncovered, 45 to 60 minutes.

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