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Tamale Pie (Weevil Pie) Recipe

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Helen Moriarty
Added: Tuesday, October 9, 2007


3lbs-4 lbs of ground beef browned and add:

1 large onion

1 large green bell pepper

1 can/bottle of chili powered

1/2 can or bottle of paprika

1 large package of cooked wide noodles

3 large cans of kidney beans or 6 regular cans (I use dark, light, and chili beans in mine)

1 very large block of sharp cheddar cheese grated

In large roasting pan layer:

One large can of kidney beans

Layer of noodles

Layer of ground beef mixture

Layer of grated cheese

Repeat process until you run out and top with cheese

Take large can of tomato sauces and pour over the top of the whole casserole

Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes @ 350' until hot through and through.

Serve with Garlic toast and salad! And for goodness sakes...LEAVE OUT THE WEAVILS!

Even better left over the next day.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe has been sent down the Moriarty side of the family for 40 years now and has a real cute story behind it. It is a huge casserole that can feed up to 20 people and is made in a large roasting pan. It was made a couple times a year when we all gathered together. My mom and dad would come down to visit with Dick and I and we would all get together.

One time, Dick's mother (Helen) and his sister (Linda) was making the tamale pie. They put it all together and baked it and were ready to serve it when they noticed some small black specs in the casserole that didn't look like pepper. Upon closer examination they realized that the paprika or the chili powder must have had weevils. Every one was so hungry and they knew it wouldn't hurt them, so it was served up any way. Every one was "chowing down" and saying how good it was and how Helen "had out done herself" and "it was the best she made ever".

Linda and Helen got the giggles, and then they were holding themselves and went into hysteria. They could not tell any one what was so funny. They finally got out that they had accidentally cooked weevils into to pie. Some started pushing their plates away and gagging while others continued to eat making the hysterical laughter more contagious while some of them got so made that we would let them eat it knowing the weevils were in there.

All calmed down when the newer generation realized that cooked weevils would not kill them. Helen has been gone a long time now and we continue the tradition of making the tamale pie a couple times a year but it is now called Weevil Pie and we all laugh about it...however we do leave out the weevils!




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