My sweet friend Laura requested that I post something a bit more on the healthy side...and seeing as how she has a house full of cute kids to feed...I figured that this casserole would be fantastic! This casserole came about from a hankering for cornbread and a thawed out pound of ground beef as well as some random mushrooms that I used instead of beans to save the Weight Watchers points! I love that the casserole was perfect on a hot summer night but would also make a cold winter evening totally cozy! This is a great meal for a family or a house full of friends!
Hamburger Cornbread Casserole
1 lb. ground beef, 95% fat free
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 portabella mushrooms, chopped
1 14oz. can diced tomatoes
1.5 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp chili powder
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 c. flour (I used gluten free but all-purpose is great)
1/2 c. cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg beaten
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 c. milk
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Coat an 11x7 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, cook onion and garlic over medium heat until onions are just starting to get soft. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add the meat and cook until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, chili powder and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Taste your filling and add salt & pepper if it needs it. Transfer to an the prepared casserole dish.
- For topping, in a small bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine the egg, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Spoon over filling; gently spread to cover the top. (You could add cheese to the topping if you want to be decadent!)
- Bake, uncovered, for 14-18 minutes or until filling is bubbly and a toothpick inserted into topping comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings.
Note: You can really go crazy with the filling in this! You could add corn, celery, fresh chopped tomatoes, beans, zucchini, spinach (cooked & drained) or any number of other deliciousness! It's super versatile so use whatever you have in your fridge!