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Easy Tamale Pie by Ree Drummond is a perfect comfort food recipe

Ree Drummond loves a good comfort food recipe and her tamale pie is a perfect example of a hearty and delicious dish that she says is a Drummond family favorite. The pioneer woman the star calls her recipe a “a delicious shortcut pie.

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Ree Drummond’s tamale pie recipe has an easy secret ingredient

Drummond wrote about a version of his tamale pie recipe in a blog post on The pioneer woman website. “Heat the oven! It’s time for a family meal idea that everyone around the table will love: tamale pie,” she wrote. “It’s Tex-Mex comfort food at its best, because nothing is more comforting than freshly baked ground beef and cheese in a warm, flavorful pie.

The Food Network host continued, “But we’ve added a secret ingredient into the mix. The corn muffin mix is ​​the secret to this delicious shortcut pie! »

She added: ‘And then it’s so easy to make: put it all in a cast iron skillet and cook it until the cornbread topping is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling . Yum!”

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How to make Ree Drummond’s Tamale Pie

Drummond showed how to make a tamale pie recipe on an episode of The pioneer woman dedicated to “comforting cooked dishes”.

“Here on the ranch, tex-mex is always a good idea, so I make tamale pie in an iron skillet,” she said. “Boy oh boy, if you’ve never had a tamale pie, you have to try this.”

Drummond started making a filling by browning ground beef in a skillet, then removing the meat. She added chopped onions, red pepper, jalapeno pepper and pablano pepper to the pan, along with garlic, chilli powder and cumin. The pioneer woman star cooks the mixture until the onions and peppers are soft.

“It’s a really versatile recipe,” she said. “You can do all the peppers if that’s what you have. You can use canned roasted peppers if you like. Really anything you want to throw in there is fine.

Drummond added canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste and beef broth, mixed everything together and added a can of kidney beans. She put the beef back in the pan.

“That makes a huge pie,” Drummond explained. “You can use a smaller skillet and cut it in half, if it suits the size of your household. I’ve never lost any of it, so I always make a great big pot.

The Food Network host simmered the mixture for 20 minutes, then allowed the filling to cool.

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‘The Pioneer Woman’ star made a masa crust for the pie

In this version of tamale pie, Drummond made masa dough for the crust by mixing chicken broth and masa in a bowl. She added shortening, butter, baking powder and salt to a stand mixer and beat the ingredients together. Drummond added the masa mixture in three additions, beating it well after each addition.

She covered the mixture and chilled it in the fridge.

The pioneer woman star placed a layer of masa in the bottom of a pan, covered it with the filling and added a top layer of masa paste. She spread the filling almost to the edge. “The surface doesn’t have to be perfect,” she explained. “It’s supposed to be a nice rustic pie.”

Drummond baked the uncovered tamale pie in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 50 minutes and served it with a simple green salad.

The full recipe is available at Food Network website.

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