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The Southwestern Casserole You Need in Your Repertoire
When comfort-food cravings collide with a hankering for the spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine, there's nothing better than an old-fashioned tamale pie. The base is sautéed ground pork, chorizo, jalapeños, corn, tomatoes and spices; then comes a thick cornmeal mixture; and finally, shredded cheddar. Bake this tri-layered wonder until the crust is set and nicely brown—and although it's wonderful after resting for just 15 minutes, Batali swears it's even better the next day.

Get the recipe: Tamale Pie Recipe