Inspired by a box of old Betty Crocker recipe cards, we’ve launched a segment called Retro Recipes. Each month, KC and her niece Mallory are trying out an old recipe. This month, they’re making Baked Tamale.
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups browned, but cold, cooked ground beef
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup beef stock (or water)
Boil 2 cups water and salt. Stir in cornmeal and mix until it resembles mush.
Season cooked meat with chili powder.
Put a layer of corn meal on the bottom of a buttered baking dish (you could use cooking spray).
Cover with the remaining corn meal.
Pour in beef stock.
Bake at 350 until nicely browned.
2 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes, or a large can of diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 cup corn meal
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
Mix tomatoes, onion, carrot, corn meal and sugar together, season with salt and pepper.
Cook slowly until thick, about 1 hour.
Beat in the peanuts.
Pack into an oiled pan, and cool.
Slice and fry in a little fat (olive oil or butter.)