PORK TAMALE POTPIE with CORN BREAD CRUST adapted from Gourmet Magazine
For the pork mixture: • 1 cup chopped onion • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground pork (I will sometimes substitute 1 pound of ground turkey for 1 pound of the pork) • a 12-ounce can tomato sauce • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • a 1 pound package frozen corn, thawed • 1 tablespoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice • 2 teaspoons chili powder • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 teaspoon Tabasco • 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal For the topping: • 1 cup flour • 1 cup yellow cornmeal • 3 tablespoons sugar • 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled • 3/4 cup milk • 1 large egg, beaten lightly • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack • a 4-ounce can green chili peppers, drained and chopped 1. Make the pork mixture: In a large skillet cook the onion and the bell pepper in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, add the pork, and cook the mixture over moderate heat, stirring and breaking up any lumps, until the pork is no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce, the tomato paste, the corn , the cumin, the allspice, the chili powder, the Worchestershire sauce, the Tabasco, the cornmeal, and salt and pepper to taste, simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, and add additional Tobasco if you prefer the heat. Spoon the mixture into a shallow 2 1/2-quart casserole. The mixture may be made 1 day in advance and kept, covered and chilled. 2.Make the topping: In a bowl combine the flour, the cornmeal, the sugar, and the baking powder, add the butter, the milk, and the egg., and stir the batter until it is just combined. Stir in the Monterey Jack and the chili peppers and drop the batter by large spoonfuls around the edge of the casserole. 3. Bake the potpie in the middle of a preheated 400˚ F. oven for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 350˚ F., and bake the potpie for 30 minutes more.