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Tamale Pie
with ground turkey / zucchini / yogurt

Active: 20 min Total: 40 min

Hearty and comforting, tamale pie is a thoroughly American casserole that was inspired by Mexican tamales. Top it with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a creamy finish.
Smarts: Tamale pie was included in a meal plan in December 2015, but this version uses creamier topping that is naturally gluten-free and has cheddar cheese folded in.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Tamale Pie with Ground Turkey:
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Corn kernels, frozen - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 2, whisked
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Turkey Bolognese (leftover from Tuesday) - ~3 cups
  • Milk - 1 1/2 cups
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Cornmeal, yellow - 1/2 cup
  • Cheese, shredded cheddar - 3 oz
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup

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Prep

  1. Zucchini / Bell peppers / Garlic - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Prep as directed. Store zucchini and bell peppers in one container. Store garlic in a separate container. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Corn - Defrost corn.
  3. Eggs - Whisk eggs.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 375F / 191C degrees.
  2. Heat a large oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then zucchini and bell peppers to heated oil. Season with a pinch of salt and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic, corn, cumin and chili powder and saute until fragrant. Pour leftover turkey bolognese over top and cook until warmed through. Set aside.
  3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add milk, salt and butter. When the butter is melted and the milk is warm to the touch (but not hot), stir in cornmeal. Cook, stirring constantly until thick, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Remove cornmeal mixture from heat and stir in eggs and cheese.
  5. Pour cornmeal topping over turkey and vegetables. Transfer to oven and bake until topping is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Enjoy tamale pie with yogurt on top.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (95)
Gluten-free (8)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (8)

45 reviews

Very tasty! Everyone liked it. I added a can of black beans for extra nutrition and because I was a little light on meat sauce. Did a few minutes under the broiler at the end for extra color.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Nov 07, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious!! Very easy with the prepped sauce. We'll make this one again for sure.

By: Elisabeth
Posted: Nov 06, 2017
Diet: Original
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Really great, and loved using the leftover ragu from earlier in the week - made for a quick and filling dinner and yummy leftovers to boot.

By: Tami
Posted: Nov 05, 2017
Diet: Original
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Easy and good if bolognese is already made. Doubling g recipe meant doubling baking time.

By: Felice
Posted: Nov 04, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

My husband raved about this and definitely wants it again!

By: Tracy
Posted: Nov 04, 2017
Diet: Original
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Baked for 20, broiled for about ~4 to get things a little crunchy on top. Liquid from the veggies rose up during baking. Would drain the veggies before adding the pork mixture next time!

By: ali
Posted: Nov 03, 2017
Diet: Original
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