Monday, February 7, 2011

Cowboy Dinner

I have to admit, this just isn't near as pretty as my sugar cookies from yesterday but I assure you it is a very easy and delicious meal to serve for you family. It is actually pretty healthy too. I like to make up names for healthy foods to entice my kids to eat them. Sometimes it really works. We call black beans "Super Magic Power Beans" and they get all excited and gobble them up.

I have a chicken pot pie recipe that I use in our dinner rotations quite often and I though this was a nice change of pace. I made a few changes to the original recipe like replacing the ground beef with ground turkey. I also cut the recipe in half because our small family would be eating this for days if I had made the whole thing. Below I am posting the original recipe and if you have a small family like mine, just cut the whole recipe in half and bake for 25 minutes. I hope you enjoy!

Cowboy Dinner Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Beef Mixture
2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup frozen corn kernels (I used canned)
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 can (15 ounce) black, pinto, or white beans rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cornbread Topping
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a 9X13 inch pan and set aside. In a large 12-inch skillet, Brown the ground meat and onion, adding the salt and pepper, over medium high heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain the grease if desired. Stir in the beans, corn, and salsa. Pour the mixture in your making pan and set aside.

For cornbread, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center and add the oil, beaten eggs, and milk. Whisk together until just combined.

Sprinkle cheese over the beef mixture and then pour the cornbread batter over the cheese and beef mixture. Gently spread the cornbread to the edges of the pan, evening it out over the top of the casserole.

 Bake for 40-45 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let sit a few minutes before serving.


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