Confetti pie with cornmeal crust

Published On: Apr 26 2012 10:36:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2012 06:10:08 AM EDT
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Makes 8 servings

Don't be daunted by the long list of ingredients. They go together in a flash. Serve this hearty pie accompanied by tomato slices topped with a creamy dressing.

For the Cornmeal Crust

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup cornmeal

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup vegetable or chicken stock (made using stock cubes, concentrate, or powder)

For the pie filling

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup chopped green bell pepper

½ cup chopped red bell pepper

1 rib celery, chopped

¼ cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup vegetable stock (made using stock cubes, concentrate, or powder)

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, garbanzo beans, soybeans, or a combination drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

One 8-ounce can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste

¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste

½ cup shredded part-skim

Monterey Jack cheese

½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

Put the crust ingredients into a small bowl; mix thoroughly with a fork. Use the back of a spoon to press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the prepared pie plate; set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the cheeses. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Set aside.

Toss the two cheeses in a small bowl. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the crust; pour in the pie filling and spread evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out nearly clean. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese mixture; bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Allow to stand for about 5 minutes before cutting into wedges for serving.

Advance preparation

The crust and filling can be made up to 1 day in advance. Press the crust into the pan; cover and refrigerate. Refrigerate the filling in a separate covered container. Bring the crust and filling to room temperature; assemble and bake the pie just before serving.