My friend Carol introduced me to the world of tamales. Down here in the south, (she says with a northern accent), good Tex-Mex food is abundant, but her homemade tamales blew me away.

So I created a tamale pie that isn’t exactly the authentic thing, but combines the ease of a casserole, an already soaked grain in masa, and the flavors of a tamale.

Check out my tamale pie recipe at the Plan to Eat Blog.