Monday, August 31, 2015

Turkey Tamale Potpie

I recently bought a few packages of ground turkey. I cook with it often, but this time I mistakenly bought the ground turkey breast. It is so tasteless! I much prefer the darker meat ground turkey, which has a higher fat content. So in order to make the turkey breast more palatable, I've been testing out a few new flavorful recipes to kind of "disguise" the blandness of the meat. This is one that both Adam and I really liked (as well as Jenna!). It's like a potpie, except it contains Mexican seasonings, and the topping is made out of cornmeal. You could make one big potpie or make 4 individual servings in smaller ramekins. Let me know if you try it!

Turkey Tamale Potpie

2 teaspoons oil
1/2 cup diced onion
10 ounces ground turkey   
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup diced zucchini    
3/4 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
1 (8-ounce) can unsalted tomato sauce 
1/2 cup  yellow cornmeal   
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water, divided
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded and divided (about 1 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add turkey; cook 3 minutes, stirring to crumble. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Add zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour turkey mixture into a large baking dish or ramekin coated with cooking spray.
3. Place remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cornmeal, and broth or water in a small saucepan, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and cook 2-3 minutes until thickened. Stir in 2 ounces cheese. Spread cornmeal mixture evenly on top of turkey mixture. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 2s ounce cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool before serving. Serve with something cold and fresh, like a salad or fruit. Enjoy!

Not the best pictures, but you get the idea!
Before baking:
After baking:

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