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Home Entertaining Recipepalooza: We asked some of our favorite bloggers to share a recipe and their tips for home entertaining. This recipe comes from Vianney Rodrigue, editor of the blog, Sweet Life Bake. Vianney was happily raised in Texas by Mexican parents. Her blog name Sweet Life refers to living a Sweet Life enriched with the spice of two diverse worlds enveloped with the memories of growing up in a Mexican household. Her love and cultural ties to Mexico with the appreciation of being raised in Texas combine to create original recipes featured on Sweet Life.

Tillamook Cheesy Beef Tamale Pie

Overview
In the 1800’s Texans were introduced to Tamales. It was love at first bite! Preparing tamales at home can be time consuming, so to cut down on time Texas home cooks created the Tamale pie. A tasty tamale baked in the oven. Easy prep and loaded with flavor this tamale pie will satisfy even your hungriest Texan!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield (number of servings):  6-8

Ingredients
Filling:
2 tablespoons Tillamook Salted Butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 cup shredded Tillamook Sharp Cheddar
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon cumin

Tamale Topping:
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup masa harina
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shredded Tillamook Sharp Cheddar
1 cup Tillamook Sour Cream

Preparation
Begin by heating oven to 425°F. Butter a 9×12 inch casserole dish and then heat oil in a large skillet on medium high. Add the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, salt, pepper, and cumin. Cook all, stirring frequently until ground beef is fully browned and cooked through. Remove from heat and drain any excess fat.

Now add tomatoes, corn and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar. Taste for seasoning and spoon filling into casserole dish. Whisk together eggs and milk in a medium bowl; whisk in cornmeal, masa harina and baking powder. Pour topping evenly over beef mixture and sprinkle with Tillamook Sharp Cheddar. Bake for 20 minutes, or until top feels firm when lightly touched. Serve and garnish with Tillamook Sour Cream.

This recipe can easily be adapted to suit your family’s taste. Try chicken instead of beef or ground beef mixed with ground pork or turkey. Add a kick with roasted chiles or make it vegetarian by adding beans instead of beef.

About Vianney:
Tips for stress-free home entertaining:
“My Tillamook secret to making entertaining fun, stress free and yummy is serving ‘Family Style’. Serving up platters, dishes and steamy bowls of wonderful comida evoke dinners at home and dinner guests will feel at home in your home and that’s what it’s all about.

Kitchen advice:
“My kitchen advice when preparing for a dinner party or family gathering is to prep as much as you can in advance. Have a solid shopping list ready and shop a few days prior to the party. Pre-chop your vegetables, bake your dessert and set your table. Don’t forget about the kiddos; set up a kids table and have a small activity at the table for them to complete while they wait for their food. Keep the menu simple and relax.”

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24 comments

chickchat

looks yummy!

October 18th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Ericka @NibblesNFeasts

This recipe looks heavenly! I am making this for my family this weekend!

October 18th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Lisann

This looks and sounds delicious!!!! I can totally make this. And I love the kitchen advice. Thanks so much for the recipe. I think I'll try it with ground turkey or with beans... yum. Gracias!

October 19th, 2012 at 9:15 am

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi there!
Thanks for your comment, I agree completely! I hope you'll give this tasty recipe a try and let us know what you think!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 19th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Ericka,
Thanks for your comment! Let us know what you and your family think!
Have a wonderful weekend.

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 19th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Lisann,
Thanks for commenting. I'm so happy you like the post! This recipe would be delicious with turkey or beans as well! I'm excited to try it out myself! There are a lot of delicious Mexican inspired dishes on the Sweet Life Bake blog you might also like: http://sweetlifebake.com/#axzz29nNk2Wyo

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 19th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Monica

I think I might try this! Much easier than making a whole batch, that's for sure. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

October 19th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Melissa

Looks delicious, I'm getting ready to make this, but I'm not sure what sized can of tomatoes? It just says 1 can, but no oz measurement.....

October 21st, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Melissa,
Thanks for asking! The recipe calls for a 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes! I'll be sure to add that to the post as I'm sure you're not the only one eager to try out the recipe!

Let us know how you like it!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 22nd, 2012 at 11:43 am

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Monica,
I'm so happy to hear you like the recipe and want to give it a try! Let us know how it turns out!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 22nd, 2012 at 11:46 am

Michelle

This looks so delicious!! I am putting this on the menu! I LOVE Tillamook cheese so much!! Thanks for taking the time to put it all together! I am sure my family will thank you too!!

October 23rd, 2012 at 4:12 pm

LisaLisa

Can we say MM, MM Good! I need to make this for my family I'm sure they will love it!

October 23rd, 2012 at 4:13 pm

@Mommy_Jennof3

That looks delicious! I can't wait to try it with my family!

October 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Sarah @ East9thStreet

Oh this looks delicious! I love tamales but have heard they are so hard to make so turning them into a casserole is perfect!

October 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for your comment! I'm so happy to hear you're a fan of Tillamook Cheese! Make sure to check out Vianney's blog for more tasty recipes like this one: http://sweetlifebake.com
Be sure to share some pictures with us when you give the recipe a try!

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook Team

October 23rd, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Lisa!
Mmmm is absolutely right! This recipe is so delicious! Let us know how you like the recipe when you give it a try!

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook Team

October 23rd, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi there,
I'm so glad to hear you like the recipe! Let me know what your family thinks when you try it out! Make sure to check out more tasty Texas recipes from Vianney on her blog: http://sweetlifebake.com

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook Team

October 23rd, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Sarah!
Thanks for the comment! I feel the same - love to eat tamales, but they can be a little tricky for me to make. This recipe is doable and delicious!
You'll have to let me know when you give it a try!

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook Team

October 23rd, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Justice Jonesie

I am seriously making this tonight!! Yum!!!

October 29th, 2012 at 9:25 am

Eva Smith

Mmmm! Delicious!

October 29th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Serafina

I made this for dinner tonight!!! Delicious!!!!

October 29th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Justice,
I'm glad to hear you like the recipe! You'll have to let us know how it turned out!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 30th, 2012 at 7:28 am

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Eva,
Thanks for the comment! I'm so happy to hear this recipe has you saying yum!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 30th, 2012 at 7:29 am

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi there,
I'm so glad you decided to give this recipe a try! How was it? I hope it turned out as delicious as it looks!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

October 30th, 2012 at 7:30 am
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