Applegate Giveaway & Tamale Pie Recipe


Applegate is offering a fantastic giveaway for 3 lucky readers! A box full of many of their all natural foods will be delivered to your door. Just keep reading...grab a delicious dinner recipe...leave a comment....and head over to their page to learn more.
The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 12th at 8pm. So get your comments in, tell a friend and spread the word. Not one but THREE lucky winners, I say ;)

As a Midwest girl, I have a deep appreciation for cured meats. Bratwurst, hot dogs, bacon, sausages....these are the staples of a good Ohio childhood diet. Now living in what most would consider the South, I don't find myself surrounded with as many people singing a Bahama Mama's praise. Fewer cookouts with Bratwurst and Sauerkraut...more cookouts with BBQ and Fried Chicken. It all goes back to heritage and cultural influence, right? 
Now with kids and a better awareness of the health hazards tied with those pre-packaged meats (nitrates, smoking agents, etc..) I've steered clear of much of it in recent years. Occasionally I'd buy a pack of brats for an OSU football game celebration or hot dogs for a camping trip but there was always a bit of reluctance. Until recently.
Have you noticed the amount of healthy/ often organic sausages and hot dogs hitting grocery store shelves lately? Here in Kentucky, we're getting loads of them at not only the "healthy" grocery stores but even our local neighborhood Kroger, which is great news for this gal! Applegate  is one company we're totally impressed with. No nitrates, added chemicals...and uncured. To boot, everything we've ever had from the company tastes amazing.

Its National Hot Dog Day tomorrow, so I thought I'd share a recipe Canaan and I concocted recently. Its kind of like a corn dog meets taco. Pure genius in my book. Its healthy, inexpensive, belly filling and ridiculously simple to make...oh...and it's the best South-of-the-Border Corn Dog Pie ever.
Click below for the full recipe and photos.
Corn Dog Tamale Pie

Crust (essentially homemade Jiffy Mix)

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup frozen, fresh or canned corn
Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add oil, egg, milk and corn. Mix until blended. Pour into a greased 10 inch springform pan or a 9 inch pie pan. Bake on 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Filling

4 Applegate Farms All Natural Hot Dogs – quartered and diced
¼ cup red onion
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 can of tomato puree
Meanwhile, sauté diced hot dogs and red onion on medium high heat in a skillet until a nice crispness occurs on the outside of the hot dogs. Add the tomato puree and scrape the bits off the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle the taco seasoning into the skillet and stir. Cover with a lid and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove lid, add water if too thick but overall you want the mixture to be fairly thick and hearty.

Toppings

Red Onion
Tomatoes
Fresh Corn
Avocado
0% Fage Yogurt (or sour cream)
Cheese (optional)
Cilantro
To assemble; Top the baked crust with the filling, spreading evenly over the top of the crust. Add toppings as desired. Remove the springform ring (if using), slice and devour!

38 comments:

  1. I will have anything with Avocado :)

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  2. I would love to try to some Applegate products!!!

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  3. I love their products...they are a bit pricey but worth it.

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  4. Whitney Dragstrem19/7/12 10:40 AM

    Love everything about this... corn dogs, avocado and Applegate Farm's products!

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  5. We're big fans of Applegate as well. I haven't bought conventional dogs in years thanks to good old Applegate! My boys would be in heaven with an entire case!

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  6. Aaahhh..I love bacon. Such a guilty pleasure!

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  7. As a picky eater, I've been nervous to try new types of hot dogs, sausages, etc. - but I recently came to terms with the fact that I either have to try new brands or put up with eating really yucky stuff in my food. So I was excited, like you, to see brands like this in Kroger. Haven't tried them yet, but definitely on my list. =)

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  8. I recently discovered Applegate and I'm so glad I did! It's not just good for you, but it also feels good for your brain and heart that you are testing out products that have been humanely raised. Love it!

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  9. Over the past couple of years, we've steered away from the yucky-stuff-laden meats as well, and I know my husband misses those hot dogs! We'd love to try a new company's product!

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  10. We mostly cure and smoke our own meat but I've never tasted the uncured all natural versions...would love to though :)

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  11. I love all Applegate's products!!! They are the BEST!

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  12. I love Applegate products, pricey, but worth it. Even got my hubby to like turkey bacon!

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  13. Looks delicious, we lover the applegate hot dogs.

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  14. Apple gate sounds exactly like what I've been looking for! My husband will love these!

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  15. We LOVE Applegate farms products!!! Have created many easy recipes using their meats. Hot dog pizza, chicken apple sausage stir fry and bacon whenever we can.

    Lisa S.

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  16. Have been looking for no nitrate meats and sausages, unfortunately for me where I live nothing close. Will have to check on line for store that carries Applegate. Thinking if you use low salt taco seasoning would be good for less salt and same great taste. Would love to win the basket full, yummy.

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  17. Mmmm! Can't wait to try this!

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  18. I love applegate uncured hotdogs. Makes eating a hotdog guilt free! This recipe looks great. haven't tried the bacon, so winning would be great.

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  19. Sounds like a great treat!

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  20. That sounds really good. I just bought some of their hot dogs a couple of days ago to try and make some corndogs.

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  21. That sounds so delicious! I can't wait to try it.

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  22. I found Applegate products about a year ago. Love the Sunday bacon and will have to try the hot dogs nows!

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  23. Yeah, it's hard to give up those childhood favs eventhough there's poison in them thar dogs. I've not heard of Applegate until your recent post announcing they're in Kroger. I would be interested to see how these dogs compare to my favorite Oscar Mayer. I would imagine they're pricier, but since we don't live on dogs or brats anyway, it'd make a nice occasional treat.

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  24. Applegate makes delicious products! :D

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  25. It's scary to think that we are eating the same chemicals that are in fireworks when we are eating conventional foods! Thank God for Applegate!

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  26. I've never tried any Applegate products before, but I'm certainly going to have to now with your glowing recommendation! That Tamale Pie looks amazing, by the way--such a fun and unique idea too!

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  27. I think I'll try this tomorrow!

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  28. Bethany (Goodman) Hartzell20/7/12 9:09 AM

    We are big Applegate fans. I love their sausage links!

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  29. Anything Mexican inspired is on my list and even more so if it is made with Applegate products. Once you try their bacon and links you will be hooked!!

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  30. Great looking recipes, Megan. We, too, enjoy Applegate products but usually never have any inventive recipes like this.

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  31. Applegate products are so yummy!

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  32. Love Applegate Farms! We're pretty into bacon at our house, especially now that it's tomato season...August will be filled with BLT's.

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  33. Looks absolutely amazing. Love the nitrate free meats I can trust!!!

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  34. I have never tried Applegate meats. I usually buy local uncured bacon from the local food co-op. I would love to try Applegate.

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  35. have been wanting to try applegate products for a long while now.

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  36. I made this tonight. My family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing. We have been eating Applegate products for years now.

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  37. Love applegate!

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  38. I love his creativity!! And I simply adore Applegate products and they stance on being healthy and natural but still good tasting!

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