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                              Tamale Pie 1911*
 
 Recipe By     : Leilah Bernstein, LA Times 07/29/98 (wed)
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :2:00
 Categories    : Meat                             !Editing
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         ***MEAT***
    1      pound         beef chuck
    1 1/2  pounds        pork shoulder
    1                    bay leaf
    1                    onion -- chopped
    3                    cloves
    6                    peppercorns
                         salt
                         ***CHILE GRAVY***
   10                    dried red chiles -- such as
                         new mexico or california
    3      tablespoons   meat drippings; lard or shortening
    3      tablespoons   flour
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
    2      cups          reserved stock
                         ***CORNMEAL CRUST***
      1/2  cup           reserved stock
      3/4  cup           cornmeal
    1                    egg
    1      tablespoon    lard
                         ***ASSEMBLY***
      1/2  cup           raisins
    1      pint          olives
 
 MEAT. Combine chuck, pork, bay leaf, onion, cloves, peppercorns and salt to
 taste in large pot with water to cover and cook over low heat until tender,
 about 2 1/2 hours. Remove beef and pork from pot. Strain stock and reserve
 2 1/2 cups. Discard bay leaf, onion, cloves and peppercorns. Cut meat into
 1-inch cubes.
 
 CHILE GRAVY. Cut stem ends off chiles and soak overnight in cold water to
 cover. Remove seeds and veins and simmer in water to cover 30 minutes.
 Scrape pulp out of skins. Puree in blender and set aside.
 
 Melt lard in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt and cook
 over low heat, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 cups reserved stock and simmer,
 stirring, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in chile puree, remove from heat and set aside.
 
 CRUST. Combine remaining 1/2 cup reserved meat stock, cornmeal, egg and
 lard and stir until thickened.
 
 ASSEMBLY. Sprinkle raisins evenly in bottom of 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
 Sprinkle olives over. Place meat cubes in layer on olives and pour Chile
 Gravy over. Spoon Cornmeal Crust mixture evenly over top. Bake at 325
 degrees until crust is golden brown, about 1 hour.
 
 [6 servings. Each serving: 562 calories; 1,715 mg sodium; 130 mg
 cholesterol; 33 grams fat; 34 grams carbohydrates; 35 grams protein; 2.18
 grams fiber. ]
 
 
 Notes: The Test Kitchen found that adding 1 egg and 1 tablespoon lard or
 shortening to the original 1911 recipe made a lighter crust and that
 pureeing the chile pulp (which the original recipe didn't call for) made a
 smoother gravy.  SOURCES: Recipe contributed by Emma Gatzke of San
 Fernando. Taken from LA Times Cookbook #4, June 25, 1911; reprinted in
 article “Easy Cal-Mex Fusion,” By Leilah Bernstein !We got this recipe from
 the LA Times. Mastercook editing by kitpath@earthlink.net
 
 
 
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