Spicy Beef Cobbler
Recipe type: main dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
A twist on traditional sloppy joes, this spicy beef is topped with a cornbread "cobbler".
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground sirloin, 90% lean
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or harissa sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can (14-15-ounce) no-salt tomatoes
  • ⅔ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ⅓ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar
  • flat-leaved parsley (optional garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil a 9½-inch glass pie plate.
  3. Using a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and cook the onion over moderate heat until it becomes limp, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Sriracha, cinnamon, cayenne, allspice, ground ginger and crystallized ginger, pepper and ¼ teaspoon of the salt.Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and their juices. Cook over medium-low heat until juices reduce to ¼ cup, about 10 minutes.
  6. While the beef simmers, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons oil with the milk and egg. Add the cornmeal and stir just until moistened. Add ½ cup grated cheddar.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the beef into the greased pie plate. Skim any fat off the remaining juices before pouring over beef.
  8. Spoon the cornbread batter over the beef in 4 equal portions. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of cheddar.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the cornbread. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Recipe by Liz The Chef at https://lizthechef.com/recipe-spicy-beef-cobbler/