comfort food… the grad student way
Last night I was craving real comfort food… you know, the kind of food that you can eat piles of and still be hungry for more? So I pulled out an old recipe from the graduate school coffers and whipped up a batch of tortilla pie. The recipe was in an issue of Gourmet Magazine right before I headed back to classes, and it was one of those “make now & eat for a week” kind of meals. Plus it was fast and easy to whip up with simple ingredients… I’m not sure I could have asked for anything more!
Tortilla Pie — Gourmet Magazine — April 2005 (with modifications in italics)
- 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (10-oz) package frozen corn kernels, thawed
- 1 cup mild tomato salsa
- 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
- 6 oz
pepperJack cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 5 corn tortillas
- 1/2 lb ground turkey (browned)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 450°F.
Stir together beans, corn, salsa, tomato sauce, cheese, cilantro, scallions, turkey, and cumin in a large bowl.
Heat a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until smoking. Brush both sides of each tortilla with oil and fry, turning over once, until puffed and golden in spots, about 1 minute.
Put 1 tortilla in a well-oiled 15- by 10-inch shallow baking pan, then spread with 1 1/3 cups of filling. Repeat layering twice, then top with remaining tortilla, gently pressing to help layers adhere.
Bake until filling is heated through, about 12 minutes. Transfer with a large metal spatula to a platter, then cut pie into wedges with a serrated knife.