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Chili Cornbread Pie

(Family Features) - Looking for something fun to do in the post-holiday lull? Why not host a movie night? It can be a family affair to remember or a great night with friends.

Whether it's a one-movie night or a double feature, I like to pick a theme for the night -comedies or adventure - even all animated movies for the kids. You can keep it simple or go all out and decorate with movie related items, whatever makes it more fun!

Good food is a must for any movie night. Chili Cornbread Pie is the star of this show by putting the best of chili and cornbread all into one dish you can easily eat while watching. (And this recipe has the special feature of being rich in calcium because it calls for evaporated milk.)

Set out bowls of toppings so everyone can dress up their chili how they like it. Canned diced chilies or pickled jalapenos add some heat, while avocados, sour cream or cheese mellow things out.

Here are some Movie Night theme ideas to get you ready to roll out the welcome mat for a night of Hollywood fun at home!

  • Wild Westerns: Cowboys invented chili, so why not enjoy yours with a western movie? There are plenty of old and new classics to choose from.
  • The Classics: Treat yourself to some of the great black and white comedies or classic detective movies of the 30s and 40s. If you've never seen any, you're in for a treat!
  • TV Catch-up: Boxed sets of TV shows are a great way to catch up on missed seasons or get hooked on a whole new show.
  • Mystery Night: Pop in a great whodunit and get a thrill trying to solve the mystery before the good guys do.

Put the spotlight on fun with great movies, good company and delicious food. Find more award-worthy recipes at VeryBestBaking.com.

Chili Cornbread Pie

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • 1 packet (1.4 ounces) chili seasoning or taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 1/4 ounces) no-salt added whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk, divided
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained (optional)
  • 2 boxes (8.5 ounces each) dry corn muffin mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sliced avocado, salsa and/or sour cream (optional)

Preparation
    1. PREHEAT oven to 400° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
    2. COOK turkey in large skillet over medium-high heat until turkey is no longer pink; drain. Stir in chili seasoning, tomato sauce, corn, beans, 3/4 cup evaporated milk and chilies. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
    3. COMBINE corn muffin mix, remaining 3/4 cup evaporated milk and eggs in medium bowl; stir until just moistened. Spread mixture over meat filling.
    4. BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Calories: 330g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 75mg     Protein: 19g
Carbohydrates: 44g     Sodium: 820mg

Serves
Makes 10 to 12 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Serving suggestion: Serve with chopped avocado, sour cream and salsa.

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.



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