Monday, May 10, 2010

Fiesta Delicioso

At our house we celebrated sies de Maya—I know a day late for cinco de Maya, but just as good! We had a full-blown Mexican feast!


We started out with a black bean and corn salad recipe from Yvonne at StoneGable. Yvonne’s recipe included red pepper. Beloved doesn’t eat bell peppers in any color so I substituted chopped green onions for a little zip. I served it in a tomato cup to add more vitamins and color. The leftovers were great on tortilla chips! You can find the recipe here.


The main course was hot tamale pie, a recipe I’d almost forgotten. It’s easy, delicious, and even better the next day. It makes a large amount and could easily be divided. I love recipes that make enough to eat one and freeze or share one.


Postre (dessert) was a classic Mexican flan! Save room for this caramel custard with a fabulous sauce or you’ll be sorry. I love this almost as much as its French cousin creme brulee’. This recipe is in the April/May Taste of Home magazine. It’s my go- to place for finding recipes for those “what can I make for dinner?” days! Qui aproveche’—Enjoy your meal!

Hot Tamale Pie

Cornmeal Crust—Combine 5 cups of cold water with 2 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tblsp chili powder. Stir well. Cook over medium heat until thickened (about 15 minutes). Add water if it becomes too thick. Line the bottom and sides of 9X13 greased casserole with 2/3 of the mixture. Reserve the rest.

While this is cooking, brown 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 chopped onion and 2 cloves crushed garlic. Drain. Add 1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes and 1 can cream style corn. Fill the cornmeal crust with the meat filling. Top with remaining cornmeal mixture and grated cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Giant Flan

2 cups sugar, divided

3 1/2 cup whole milk (I used 2 %)

6 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tblsp. vanilla extract

Cook one cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until melted without stirring—about 15 minutes. Reduce to low and simmer 5 more minutes until syrup is a golden brown, stirring occasionally. Pour into an ungreased 10” round cake pan tilting to coat the bottom of the dish. Let stand for 10 minutes. In a large saucepan, heat milk until bubbles form around the sides of the pan. Remove from heat. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, salt, and remaining one cup sugar. Stir in one cup of the warm milk mixture to temper eggs. Stir in vanilla. Slowly pour into baking dish over syrup. Place cake pan in a larger baking pan. Add hot water to 3/4 inch. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes or until the center is just set. It will still jiggle. Remove to wire rack and cool for one hour. Chill overnight. To serve run a knife around edges to loosen and invert onto a rimmed serving dish. Add a dollop of whipped cream if desired!

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  1. Such gorgeous pictures of your feast. I have to try your recipes. I have been wanting to make a flan forever! Thanks, Susan!


  2. It all looks delicious...flan is a favorite of mine. Yummy!

  3. I've copied that tamale pie ... I could eat that all day long! TY for sharing.

    Have a lovely week.
    TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

  4. wow great food making me a bit hungry this morning

  5. Both recipes look great - and your flan is just gorgeous!

  6. What a scrumptious dinner. My grandmother used to make a wonderful tamale pie that I haven't had in years. And your flan is picture perfect.

  7. Flan is one of my family fav's. I'll be posting my recipe soon.

  8. Aye caramba! I had my sombrero ready to go..
    Looks good, Susan!

  9. Yummy! I have never made a flan but I love it! :D

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh my! It all looks wonderful! I just had a bowl of canned chili with crackers and called it dinner - long day.

  11. Susan, if I had known you were celebrating sies de Maya in such a delicious way, I would have driven the hour to join you (you do live on Poplar, don't you??!!!) This looks delicious, and I love your wit. I'll be trying both of these recipes. Thank you for sharing them. laurie

  12. Oh, the tamale pie looks good, but that flan...oh goodness. I love flan.

  13. Oh my goodness, flan is my weakness! Those all look amazing!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes :) New follower

  14. Thanks for posting both of these great sounding recipes, Sue! I want to make ALL of them very soon. I love Taste of Home magazine. My sister got me a subscription one year as a birthday gift.
    Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!!

  15. I have enjoyed browsing so far through your beautiful tablescapes, forays into decorating and recipes. Thank you for visisting my sight so I could come and stay a while.

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