Cornbread-and-Beef Skillet Pie
Leave the baking sheet in the cabinet, and bake a batch of golden brown cornbread biscuits atop a tasty mix of beef and bell peppers, on the table in 45 minutes. This dinner-in-a-skillet packs generous amounts of beef, mushrooms, and red peppers; the tastes meld with the cornbread biscuits as they bake together.
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- Servings: 4
Photography: David Loftus
Source: Everyday Food, November 2007
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), thinly sliced
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 package (10 ounces) white mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together cornmeal, 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.
In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add peppers, onion, and mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Raise heat to high; add beef and tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until meat is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons flour and 2/3 cup water; season with salt and pepper.
Make cornmeal batter: Add sour cream and egg to reserved cornmeal mixture; stir just until moistened. Drop tablespoons of batter over beef mixture in skillet, 1 inch apart. Bake until biscuits are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.