Sundays with Friends: Cornpone Pie Memories

When recreating a dish you grew up with, you will most likely encounter the feeling of it IMG_2211not being quite as good as you remember.  It could have been your mother or father, grandparents, or other relative that had a recipe you absolutely loved.  I know that my Mom and I have come into it before where we follow the Pound Cake recipe exactly as Maw-Maw had it written down, and it just…doesn’t…taste…the…same.  All in all, it creates a sad feeling, but it should create a happiness that you have those fond memories still.  That food is still connecting you and your loved one long after they have left us.  The best part is when you’re able to share your memories with your family and others, pass along that love, and create new memories.

With that being said, the Sundays with Friends posts are back with none other than my Dad!  What a perfect person to kick it off, again!  He’s an amazing man, a retired Captain in the Navy (Thank you for your service!), and was a huge blessing coming into our lives.  Please enjoy his memories of his Mom’s Cornpone Pie, and his recipe, below.  Enjoy!

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As a kid, I never thought much about food. This probably had a lot to do with the fact that I never missed a meal and never experienced any shortages of foods I liked. For the first seventeen years of my life, I lived mostly outside of the United States. My Dad was an officer in the Army and during that time I lived for six years in Japan and three years in Germany.

IMG_2212Until our time in Germany (1955-1958), there were few – if any – places to eat away from home and certainly no fast food places like McDonald’s and the like to eat. Therefore, I was used to eating three meals a day at home. Fortunately, my Mom was a great cook and thanks to the Army commissaries, we always had the necessary ingredients for whatever Southern foods she would prepare for our family.  I sure wish I had asked her to write down my Grandmother’s recipe for fried chicken, as I still remember it as one of my favorites.

One dish Mom made occasionally that I always enjoyed was Hamburger Cornpone Pie. I don’t know where she got the recipe, but it was always much appreciated, enjoyed and consumed at mealtimes.

Recently, I thought about it and decided to try and make it myself. I used Google to find a recipe and found it to be relatively simple (at least now, when things like Jiffy Cornmeal mix are available). While I don’t think it was as good as Mom used to make (nothing ever is), I did enjoy it and it brought back fond memories.

Hamburger Cornpone Pie

(see original recipe link by clicking here)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 large can tomatoes (we used a regular size can)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 package Jiffy corn bread mix (or homemade)

Directions:

Brown meat and onions. Drain. Add seasonings and tomatoes, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add beans. Pour meat mixture into casserole, and top with corn bread batter. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. (This didn’t take us this long at 425.  Oven times can vary though, so just keep an eye on it, and remove when it is golden brown.)

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