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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream

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My sister, Tina was coming over to do a photoshoot of a few of my favorite traditional Greek dishes. She took a lot of amazing pictures so I had a little something in store for her. For dessert, I’m made a Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 10-inch cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet, 2 large mixing bowls, 1medium-size mixing bowl, hand-held electric mixer, whisk

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
2 cups of whole-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons of whole milk ricotta, room temperature
1 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of fine white cornmeal
3/4 cup of maple sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 pints of blackberries, reserve 1/2 of 1 pint for garnish
Pure Maple syrup for serving
Sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

Ingredients For Maple Whipped Cream:
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of Maple emulsion (extract)
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
Cinnamon sugar for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Grease a 10-inch cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet with butter.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla extract, ricotta, and eggs. In a separate medium-size mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, maple sugar, baking soda, and salt, whisk dry ingredients together until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the buttermilk mixture until smooth.

Line the blackberries in the buttered skillet, then pour the batter over the top. Finally, pour heavy cream into the center of the batter. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Directions For Maple Whipped Cream:
In the meantime, in a pre-chilled large mixing bowl, add heavy cream. Using a hand-held mixer, beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form. Add maple emulsion (extract) and powdered sugar. Beat until firm. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

I like to serve my Blackberry Cornbread Cake warm with a dollop of cold Maple Whipped Cream on top. Finish with a light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and a sprig of fresh mint.

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Homemade Tamale Pie

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My HomemadeTamale Pie is a combination of cheesy ground pork-topped cornbread and it’s to die for. I add a few secret ingredients to the store-bought cornbread mix that sends this dish over the top.

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Sour Cream And Ricotta Cheese

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
Equipment: 12-inch cast-iron skillet, 12-inch sauté pan, large mixing bowl, aluminum foil, chef’s knife

Ingredients:
2 1/2 pounds of ground pork (substitute ground beef)
1 15-ounce box of Krusteaz honey cornbread
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 cup (4 ounces) of sour cream, room temperature
1/4 cup (2 ounces) of whole milk ricotta cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup cream-style corn
3/4 cup enchilada sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onions, small dice
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
7 tablespoons of RO*TEL, drained
1/4 cup beef stock, unsalted
2 cups of shredded cheese, Mexican blend and/or Colby Jack
1/2 cup of green onions, (white and green parts) thinly sliced, on the bias, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
First, wipe down the cast iron skillet with a paper towel that’s been lightly greased with vegetable oil. Follow the directions of the back of the corn bread box. To a large bowl, add the egg, milk, and vegetable oil. To those ingredients, add in 3 tablespoons of drained RO*TEL, (tomatoes with green chilies), cream corn, ricotta cheese, and sour cream mix to combine. Next, add in the dry ingredients from the box. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Pour the batter into the cast-iron skillet. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the cornbread is in the oven baking, start the filling for the tamale pie.

In a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat add olive oil with diced onions. Stirring frequently, cook the onions for about 3 to 4 or until soft and translucent. Add minced garlic, stir, cook for 1 minute more.

Next, add in the ground pork, cumin, chili powder, Kosher salt, dried oregano, and black pepper. Stirring frequently, cook the ground pork, onions, and spices for 10 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. To the meat mixture, add the remaining 4 tablespoons of the drained RO*TEL and beef stock, stir to combine. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for another 15 minutes or until all the liquid evaporates. Drain fat, transfer meat mixture to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Take the cornbread (in the skillet) out of the oven. Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the cornbread. Add 3/4 cup of enchilada sauce. Spread evenly over the top. Letting the sauce seep down into the cornbread. Generously top with shredded cheese.

Spray the dull side of the foil with cooking spray. This will ensure the cheese won’t stick. Tightly cover the skillet. Bake for 20 minutes.

Switch oven to broil, remove the foil, broil for 5 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Remove the skillet from the oven and let rest for about 15 minutes to set. Garnish with green onions.

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Chorizo And Sweet Potato Hash

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Whenever I make any kind of “so-called” hash I can use up a lot of ingredients that I may not have needed in a previous recipe. Hash is a great way to use up those leftover ingredients.

Every now and then I’ll find a few extra potatoes I didn’t need or in I’ll find a zip-lock bag with pieces of bell peppers in the crisper drawer. It’s these instances when I decide it’s time to make a hash.

I’m using chorizo sausage today for my Chorizo And Sweet Potato Hash. I thought with the sweetness of the potato and the spiciness of the sausage, this would be a perfect match.

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Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Equipment: 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch sautépan with glass lid, 6-quart stockpot, Chef’s knife

Ingredients:
1-pound of fresh Chorizo sausage, sautéed and sliced
Non-stick cooking spray
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
3 large medium-size sweet potatoes boiled, skins removed, 1 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup each green, red and yellow bell pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
3/4 stick of unsalted butter

Directions:
Start by dicing the onions and peppers. Mince the garlic then transfer all the prepped vegetables onto a plate, set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, add the sweet potatoes. Cover and boil for 12-15 minutes or until just tender on the outside but resistant in the center when pierced with a knife. Transfer the potatoes onto a plate, and let cool, about 10 minutes. Remove the skins then dice into 1/1/2-inch cubes and place into a bowl.

Tip: Cook the chorizo while potatoes are boiling.

Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Turn the heat to medium-high. Using tongs carefully add the whole chorizo sausage links to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning the links frequently until brown (careful, they will burn easily) on all sides and mostly cooked through. This happens quickly. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add 1/2 a cup of unsalted chicken broth to the pan, cover (using glass lid from sautépan) and simmer for another 10 to 12 minutes. Turn the heat off and transfer the links to a meat-safe cutting board (usually plastic). Slice the chorizo 1-inch thick on the bias. Place the chorizo slices into a bowl.

In a large sautépan on medium-high heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and diced onions. Stir and cook the onions for 2-3 minutes until soft and translucent. Next, add the diced bell peppers and continue to sauté allowing the peppers to start to soften, season with Kosher salt and black pepper to taste, another 3-5 minute. Last, add the minced garlic, stir through and cook for 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sautéed vegetables to a plate and set aside.

Drain any fat from the skillet that may be left from cooking the sausages. Place the skillet back on medium heat. Add the butter to the pan to melt. Toss in the diced sweet potatoes. Stir to coat all the potatoes with the butter. Allow the potatoes to cook and brown nicely before flipping them to brown on the other side, about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn, but make sure they get nice and crispy.

Next, add the sautéed vegetables to the skillet. Stir the vegetables with the sweet potatoes and cook for another 2-3 minutes allowing the vegetables to get crispy around the edges.

Finally, add and mix in the sliced chorizo. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for another 5 minutes.
Serve hot.

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