Pork and Poblano Tamale Pie
From Bon Appetit magazine. Sort of a chile verde/cornbread casserole, that manages to transcend both. I know the recipe is a bit fussy and time-consuming, but the dish is a winner. And some corners can be cut (like using ground spices instead of toasting and grinding your own) without compromising much flavor.
Yield: 6 Servings Ready in 2 hours, 15 minutes
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|12 ozfresh poblano chiles; (about 4 large)|
|1 large green bell pepper|
|1 1/2 tspcumin seeds|
|1 tspcoriander seeds|
|1 10 oz packagefrozen corn kernels; thawed|
|2 tbsvegetable or olive oil; divided|
|1 1/2 lbstrimmed boneless country-style pork ribs; cut into 1-inch cubes|
|coarse kosher salt|
|2 cupswhite onions; chopped|
|3 clovesgarlic; minced|
|1 1/2 tbsjalapeno chiles; seeded and minced|
|1 tbsdried oregano|
|1 cuplow-salt chicken broth|
|1 cuppurchased salsa verde (tomatillo salsa)|
|1/3 cupcoarsely chopped fresh cilantro|
|3/4 cupall-purpose flour|
|3/4 cupyellow cornmeal|
|1 tspbaking powder|
|3/4 tspchili powder|
|3/4 cupwhole milk|
|1/4 cupbutter; melted|
|1 large egg|
|1 1/4 cupscoarsely grated cheddar cheese; divided|
Pork and Poblano Tamale Pie Preparation
Char poblano chiles and bell pepper directly over flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Transfer chiles and bell pepper to large bowl; cover and let steam 10 minutes. Peel, seed, and coarsely chop chiles and bell pepper.
Stir cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant and slightly darker in color, about 3 minutes. Remove seeds from heat and cool completely. Finely grind toasted seeds in spice mill or in mortar with pestle. Transfer to small bowl and set aside.
Coarsely puree thawed corn kernels in processor. Cover and refrigerate corn puree until ready to use.
Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with coarse salt and pepper. Working in batches, add pork to pot and sauté until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to medium bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pot, then add chopped onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground spice mixture, garlic, jalapeño, and oregano; stir 1 minute. Return pork and any accumulated juices to pot. Add chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits. Add salsa verde and bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover partially and simmer 30 minutes. Add chopped chiles, chopped bell pepper, and half of corn puree to pork mixture; cover partially and simmer until pork is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour 15 minutes longer. Season pie filling to taste with coarse salt and pepper.
Transfer pie filling to 10-inch-diameter 2 1/2-inch-deep ovenproof skillet (preferably cast-iron). Stir in chopped cilantro.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk flour, yellow cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and chili powder in large bowl to blend. Whisk remaining corn puree, whole milk, melted butter, egg, and honey in medium bowl to blend. Add corn puree mixture to flour mixture and stir just until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup cheddar cheese over pie filling in skillet. Drop cornbread batter by large spoonfuls atop pie filling. Spread cornbread batter evenly to cover pie filling completely.
Bake tamale pie until cornbread topping is deep golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve tamale pie hot, passing sour cream alongside.
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