Cornbread Bean Squares with Meat Sauce

5 1/2 water
2 C yellow cornmeal
2 C cold water
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 C onion, chopped
1 C sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 C red kidney beans

Meat Sauce
1 pound hamburger
1/2 C onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 quarts tomato sauce
1 C sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking pan.
2. Bring the 5 1/2 C water to a boil.
3. Combine cornmeal, cold water, salt and sugar. Stir this mixture into the boiling water. Cook, stirring frequently, over low heat for 25 minutes or until thickened.
4. In a skillet, saute onions in melted butter until soft and fragrant.
5. Add onion, cheese and kidney beans into cornmeal mixture. making sure to combine well without crushing the beans. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
6. Meat Sauce – In large skillet, brown hamburger. Once brown, drain and add onions, garlic, oregano, salt. Stirring to combine. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 1 hour.
7. Pour meat sauce over cornbread and serve.

Note: You can also cut the cornbread into squares before pouring the meat sauce. over and the put the sauce over on individual plates. Or if there is a vegetarian that doesn’t want the meat sauce.

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