Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Already?

Back at it! I have made other recipes since my last post, but I either forgot to take pics or was in a hurry and did not OR the recipe sucked.
Not much new here. My daughter is down for a nap so I have anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours until she wakes up. She is all over the place! Yesterday she was so tired and cranky but when I put her down for a nap it took like 2 hours to get her to sleep. She is a fighter.  Doesn't want to miss anything. She was awake when I made this dish during that 2 hour time period. At one point I just gave up, put her in her exersaucer and said, "You'll just have to cry it out in there."
And boy, did she. She was unhappy with me! So I am not sure if I will have to many amusing anecdotes for this recipe since my daughter was wailing because she was too tired. So tired that when I put her in her crib for a nap she was to exhausted to sleep. Kids. I find it so strange (maybe ironic is a better word)that as a kid all you want to do is stay up and not go to bed. But as an adult all you want to do is sleep. *shrug*
Well, I am getting used to the less sleep thing. I will have to if I am just going to add more children to my current 1 at some point. On with the recipe!
Jalapeno Beef and Corn Bread Pie
I got this recipe from my mom. About 15 to 16 years ago she signed up for this club were you get recipe cards every month. She was apart of it for like a year or 2 and canceled it because she noticed she hardly used them. She kept them anyway, since it was expensive. I just looked them up on ebay and all the cards are going for like 15 bucks. Ouch. Anyway, when I got married I ask if she had any cook books she didn't want and she gave me her set of cards. Its not a complete set since she cancelled the subscription but there are a lot. I took them, but also don't use them as much. But to make a long story short(too late), I am using one!

1 lb ground beef, 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 Tbsp melted shortening, 1 (8 oz) can creamed corn, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 large grated onion, 1 lb sharp shredded cheddar cheese, 5 canned chopped jalapenos

I searched, and I searched for whole canned jalapenos but I couldn't find them! So I bought the chopped ones and just guessed on the amount later. I also bought a whole new cornmeal, because I thought I didn't have any. I was wrong, there was a can in my pantry that I found when I got home. I looked at the expatriation date. June 2011. Yeah, I hadn't needed cornmeal for over 2 years.....Good thing I got new! 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef on medium-high heat. Drain fat.

In a separate bowl combine cornmeal, milk, eggs, baking soda, shortening, corn, and salt. 

Action shots!

Grease a 10 inch ovenproof skillet or baking pan (If you have a skillet, that is super cool. I, however, do not own a skillet. So I chose my nice stone pie pan from pampered chef. Use whatever works best for you!). Spoon (I poured mine. I am such a rebel) half the bread batter mix into bottom of pan.

Spread beef over that, and top with jalapenos, onion, and cheese.

OK, so I tried grating my onion. It didn't really work. It sorta just, mushed into nothing. I have tried grating an onion before so I don't know if there was some sort of trick to it, but it did not work for me. I ended up chopping the onion, and only using half of it. 

Spread remaining bread batter over top, covering completely. Bake 50 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Ta da!!!! It turned out great! My husband really enjoyed it, but he said next time to add more spice to it. He likes spicy flavorful things. He really like it the way it was but said next time to add something else to it o make it really kick. I am not sure what though. Garlic? More jalapenos? If anyone out there has any suggestions let me know. I wouldn't eat it to see what could have made it better. Onions and jalapenos and creamed corn? Pass! I had a ham sandwich for dinner and I was very happy.