My friend Jeannette made tamale pie for us and the sauce she put on the cornbread topping after it was baked made me want to eat the whole pan. Summer in Tucson may not be the time to try this out, but keep it in mind – it is really good! Different than salsa and a little on the sweet side.
While your tamale pie is baking in the oven, mix together in a 2 cup glass dish:
3/4 cup catsup
up to 1/4 cup diced onion
3 1/2 tablespoons French salad dressing
1 teaspoon sugar
a sprinkle of chili or cayenne pepper – to taste
Cook in microwave 2 -3 minutes on low until onions are cooked and sauce is hot.
When casserole comes out of the oven, pour on the sauce. Another addition you can make to tamale pie is to pile on shredded lettuce, then chopped tomatoes and finish it off with a squiggle of sour cream. Makes it into a one-pot dinner and turns it into something special.