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
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
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
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
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.
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.
“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.”