A little bit ago, something pretty spectacular happened. See, both M and I are the oldest in our families. I have two younger sisters, and he has three. That combined with the fact that we got married and became parents awkwardly young, well, our boys were left full of lovely Aunts but cousin-less for quite some time.
Until now. Meet William Parker.
Eek. I know!
L & B now have a human cousin (as opposed to just their dog cousin, Hugo). And I’m an official aunt and M is an uncle!
:::Happy dance all around:::
We decided to make a special day out of meeting such a special little guy. M took some time off work and we picked up big cousin L early from school and headed down to the city with this (affiliate link) as a gift and this carnitas tamale pie safely tucked away in the back.
Well, hello there. Almost enough to distract from the cuteness going on above, right? Almost.
What all started as this a day prior turned into the perfect meat to layer on top of a homemade tamale crust baked to a light, fluffy, and ever so browned perfection. Add in some enchilada sauce and cheese and you have yourself one comforting Mexican fiesta. You know it’s all about comfort in those first early weeks. And sleep. If you can find it…?
Congrats to Becky & Tyler!!! I am so happy to finally have family to share the oh so crazy world that is parenting. You guys will rock it.
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup yellow corn meal
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 can diced green chiles
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 can cream corn
- 2-3 cups leftover carnitas
- 1 cup enchilada sauce
- 1 cup shredded white cheese (I used PepperJack)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Stir in the oil until the mixture makes soft crumbs. Whisk in the milk and egg. Add the cream corn and green chiles and stir until just combined. Bake in a 9-inch square pan for 25 minutes or until set. (Since it's a tamale-like base, it won't be completely dry like a cornbread. It's supposed to be just a little mushy).
- Poke holes in the crust with a fork. Pour the enchilada sauce over the crust. Squeeze excess moisture out of the carnitas and arrange on top of the crust. Sprinkle with cheese.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350. Cover with foil, return to oven, and bake for 20 minutes. When everything is heated through, remove foil and let bake for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly browned.
- Top with freshly chopped cilantro, allow to cool for 5 minutes, and cut into slices or scoop into bowls. Coronas and limes on the side!
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Carrie, that baby is my bosses son – Courtney is my bosses sister-in-law – small world!
So happy you guys got a chance to meet him – so tiny indeed!
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I am always looking for a good recipe !!
So cute – congrats to all! And this is a legit new baby meal. Lucky them!
I’m always looking for something new to take to our church potluck. I think I might give this one a try next month. Cutie pie little newborn baby too!!
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A perfect dish to take to new parents. Also perfect for my household– we love Mexican food. I am pinning it to try soon. Do you know if it will freeze? I know cornbread freezes fine. It would be so nice to have this on hand for a busy night.
Congrats on the sweet little one!
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I’m pretty sure that’s how my son will be for a while–My husband is an only child and I have 3 (24,14,10) younger siblings. The younger siblings are kind of like cousins to him I guess. 🙂
Pinning this delicious looking one dish meal! Coming to you from Wonderful Wednesday!
Oh boy, does this look delish! Congrats on the new cousin!
What an adorable little bundle you have! That looks like a delicious recipe. I’ve never had it before, but it looks tasty enough to try!
Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!
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Thank you so much Brandi!
This looks so good! Thank you for sharing it on Show Me Saturday!
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That is absolutely gorgeous!!! We are featuring it this week at MUNCHING MONDAYS and adore the authentic ingredients and stunning presentation. Thanks so much for sharing and can’t wait to see you back!! xo Nic
My husband would be so happy if I made this for him! 🙂 Congratulations on the new cousin, and thank you for sharing on Best of the Weekend!
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