Corn bread casserole, Chunky chicken and cheese casserole, Shepherds pie


This week we are back to comfort foods!
Corn bread casserole
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
1 can (15 oz.) enchilada sauce
1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, rinsed
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 pkg. (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Mexican-style shredded four cheese with a touch of Philadelphia
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat with onions and peppers in large skillet. Stir in next 4 ingredients; cook and stir 3 min. or until heated through. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
Prepare muffin batter as directed on package; stir in cheese. Spread over meat mixture. Bake 20 min. or until toothpick inserted in center of cornbread topping comes out clean.
Chunky chicken and cheese casserole
4 C chopped cooked chicken
2 C croutons
1-1/2 C shredded Swiss cheese
2/3 C mayonnaise
1/2 C milk
4 stalks celery, sliced
1/4 C chopped onions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon all ingredients into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 40 min. or until heated through.
Shepherds pie
1-1/4 lb. red potatoes (about 4), cut into chunks
3 large cloves garlic
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
2 TBS flour
4 C frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed
3/4 C beef broth
2 TBS ketchup
3/4 C light sour cream
1/2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Cook potatoes and garlic in boiling water in large saucepan 20 min. or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, brown meat in large nonstick skillet. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 min. Add mixed vegetables, broth and ketchup; cook 5 min., stirring frequently.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Drain potatoes; return to pan. Add sour cream; mash until potatoes are smooth and mixture is well blended. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Spoon meat mixture into 8-inch square baking dish; cover with potatoes. Bake 18 min. Top with remaining cheese; bake 2 min. or until melted.
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