Please tell me I am not the only one on the planet who didn’t know that cornmeal came from POPCORN KERNALS!?! Who knew? That is crazy! It just so happened that I needed some corn meal tonight and I had a big jug of kernals just praying that I would grind them up!
Just make sure the grain mill is on the “coarse” setting, then pour in the popcorn.
I made my Mother-in-Law’s Tamale Pie. I’ve never had it before, but I’ve eaten a fair amount of tamales in my life so I was excited to give it a whirl.
Tamale Pie (Recipe from Sybil Smith)
- 3 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
- 15 oz. can chili con carne
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/2 cup sliced olives
- 1/2 cup cream style corn
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Combine all the ingredients (except cheese) in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot. Pour into casserole. Top with rounded tablespoons full of remaining crust.
Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Bake in a moderated oven 350 degrees about minutes.