Cinco de mayo casserole

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon Salt
4 cups Cold water
2 tablespoons Butter/margarine
1 cup Shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese
5 cups Double-Header Chili (recipe follows), heated
Toppings:
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
2 cups Shredded Romaine or iceberg lettuce
1 cup Shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Plum tomatoes, diced
2 Green onions, sliced
½ Ripe avocado, diced
½ cup Pitted sliced ripe olives

This dish is a hearty chili turned into a party dish by adding a cornmeal layer and a garnish of cut-up vegies.

Prep time: 30 minutes plus cooling Cooking time: 25 minutes Cornmeal layer: whisk cornmeal, salt and water together in large saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.

Cook until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese until melted. Immediately pour cornmeal mixture into shallow 3-quart casserole.

cool until firm, 30 minutes. (Can be made ahead. Cover and refrigerat chili and cornmeal layers separately. Assemble casserole, cover and bake in preheatd 375~ oven 1 hour or until heated through.) Preheat oven to 375~. Spread top of casserole with chili. Cover and bake 25 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with toppings.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 545 calories, 34 mg protein, 31 gm fat, 33 gm ccarbohydrates, 1,093 mg sodium, 124 mg cholesterol.

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Double-Header Chili

A no-fuss feast taht makes 2 meals, with or without beans.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time 2 to 2-½ hours 4 lbs. boneless lean beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes 6 cups chopped onions 1 bottle (12 oz) beer ½ cup chili powder 6 Tbsp tomato paste 2 Tbsp seeded, minced jalapeno chile 2 Tbsp minced garlic 2½ tsp salt 1 tsp ground pepper

Preheat oven to 325~. Combine all ingredients in heavy Dutch oven.

Cover tightly and cook 2 to 2-½ hours, until meat is very tender.

(Can be made ahead. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Or freeze up to 1 month)

Makes 11 cups.

Per cup: 310 calories, 34 gm protein, 13 gm fat, 13 gm carbohydrates, 756 mg sodium, 107 mg cholesterol.

CHILI with BEANS: Combine 5-½ cups chili with 1 can (19 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, in large saucepan. cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 minutes. Makes 7 cups.

Per cup: 300 calories, 31 gm protein, 11 gm fat, 18 gm carbohydrates, 690 gm sodium, 84 mg cholesterol.

[ Ladies' Home Journal, Maya 1991 ] *>* this comes from the bottom of the files of Shelley Rodgers <=-

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