Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tamalie Pie

Every time we go camping Grant insists on making his famous tamalie pie meal in our cast iron pot. It really is a tasty meal but we never really have a recipe for it. We just go to the grocery store before our trip and guess what ingredients we should put in and hope it turns out. Well, this time I think we found the perfect combination. At Kathio State Park the tamalie pie was the best ever!! Maybe it was because we slaved away in the freezing cold trying to get the charcoals lit and then waiting and waiting for it to get hot enough to eat. But really I think it was a pretty good concoction.

Here's what we put in:
1 large can enchilada sauce
2 cans black beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 bags of shredded mexican cheese
1 can of corn
2 small boxes Jiffy corn meal
16oz of diced chicken breast

Here's how we made it:
Browned the chicken breast in a pan on a gas camp stove. While that was browning we started the charcoals and let them heat up. Once the charcoals were ready we mixed up the corn meal in our 6 quart Lodge cast iron pot and put it over about 8-10 charcoals and then put about 8 charcoals on top (keep in mind it was only about 15 degrees Fahrenheit outside when we made this). When the corn bread was done we layered all the ingredients on top except one of the bags of cheese. We took all the charcoals from underneath the pot and put all of them on top so the bottom of the corn bread wouldn't burn. We let it cook for awhile until it was getting warm and then put the other bag of cheese on top and let it heat up the rest of the way and melt the cheese. It seemed to take forever in the cold weather but it was worth it when it was finally done!! Usually one cast iron pot full of tamalie pie feeds about 6 people but the four of us scarfed up almost the whole thing! We were definitely stuffed afterwards but it sure was good :)

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