Monday, August 11, 2008

When Not Fretting, I Can Usually Be Found Eating

Coping with indecision is exhausting and requires frequent refueling. As I find it relevant -- not that relevance matters -- and as I am in charge here anyway, I'll begin posting some favorite recipes/dishes.

A friend of mine developed the following delicious recipe as a variation of something she'd seen online. It's an easy family meal, goes great with a salad, and even works as leftovers (not something I usually have to worry about). Consider it a sort of Tex-Mex shepherd's pie.

Taco Pie Larue

1 box Jiffy (or similar) corn muffin mix (requires 1 egg and 1/3 cup milk)
1 - 1.5 lb lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
2 scallions
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced (more or less to taste; they're very spicy. Those seeking a milder experience can substitute 1/3 cup taco sauce or 1 tbsp taco seasoning + 1 tbsp water.)
Salt to taste
1 8 oz container lite sour cream

In a saucepan, saute the onions until they begin to soften. Add the meat, garlic, and salt and saute until the meat is just cooked. In the meantime, prepare the corn muffin mix in a mixing bowl. After mixing, fold in the cheddar cheese, corn kernels, and scallions and mix to incorporate. Into the meat stir in the chipotle peppers or taco sauce, then transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish. Pour the corn muffin mix over the meat mixture and bake according to the corn muffin mix instructions. (Note that depending on the size and type of the baking dish, you may need to increase the baking time to accommodate for the thickness of the corn muffin mix layer. Test it with a butter knife or toothpick before serving to make sure the mix is thoroughly cooked.) Serve with sour cream.

1 comment:

Pam said...

Is this what you cooked during my last visit? Holy crap, was it DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for the recipe :)