Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Recipe - Tamale Pie and Kool-Aid Sherbert

Yum! Simple, cheap, delicious, hearty, and open for reinterpretation. Mom wrote this recipe down from I don't know where, and we had it tonight.

Tamale Pie
1-2 cans of chili ; 1/2 can of corn ; 1- 1 1/2 lb ground hamburger or turkey ; 1 onion (chopped) ; 1 box cornbread mix ; 1 c. cheddar (shredded). First, brown meat and onion together. Mix in the corn and chili with the meat. Pour into baking dish. Top with cheese. Make the batter for the Cornbread as directed, and pour into the dish. Bake as directed by the cornbread box.

You know what I like about this? Plenty of options! This is kind of the base idea, and you can customize this as much as you want. I'm thinking cut it in half, add some Rotel, add some seasoning to the meat, and use mexican cheese - but it also works wonderfully by itself. The sweetness of the corn mixes perfectly with the savory chili and meat.
You know what else I love about this? CHEAP! and EASY!

Another must try: Kool-Aid Sherbert. Can't afford ice cream and want something cold and sweet? Take 1 package of Koo-aid (your choice), 3c milk, and 1c sugar. Stir together until sugar is dissolved. Freeze a couple hours. Beat mixture for a while, put back in the freezer until firm.
Easy and cheap. It's incredibly sweet, so its not something you should do often. It is also really hard to scoop out when it is completely frozen, so it would be best to either serve as soon as it is at the easy scooping stage, or set it out awhile before serving.
Mom and I decided to try Strawberry, and let me tell you, it is delicious. Cheap person's sorbet. It is incredibly creamy and packed with flavor. Perfect for "can't afford to go out" dessert. Delicious!

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