Tamale pie can be made so many different ways, most of the recipes I had found use tortilla as the tamale part and layering it like a lasagna. For my recipe, I use prepared polenta instead of the tortilla as traditional tamales use masa.
Here is a sample of masa, white corn meal (grits) and polenta
This recipe was given to me in a cooking class over 10 years ago and while I have slightly modified it (I don’t have the original recipe but I usually modify them), I have kept what I believe to be the “key” ingredient, prepared polenta. I buy my polenta at the market but if you can not find it you can order it here.
I use ground turkey, you can use beef or 1/2 and 1/2, I browned my turkey and added taco seasoning to the meat
8 ounces of chicken broth and let it all simmer
meanwhile I took the prepared polenta
Top it with the other package of prepared polenta
This is one of my favorite casserole dishes (although my spaghetti bake is my number one searched recipe at the time), I have been making it for over 10 years. Once the casserole has been baked, you can cut it and freeze it and serve for another time. This casserole is great to bring to parties as a pot luck as most everyone loves it! I can’t believe I am sharing this recipe with you all as I always get asked for the recipe and to be honest, I have never shared it…until today!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family, friends and I have!
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