Chili Corn Bread Salad
By: Emily Carncross of Lodi, WI
Notes from the author: I was looking for something different to bring to a potluck and came across this salad. I did not have any sour cream, so I substituted mascarpone cheese and really liked the taste it added to the dressing. There is so much in this salad – it is hard to not like it.
1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, undrained
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch rubbed sage
1 cup (8 ounces) Crave Brothers Mascarpone cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (15-1/4 ounces, each) whole kernel corn, drained
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped green onions
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions. Stir in the chilies, cumin, oregano and sage. Spread in a greased 8-in. square baking pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, mascarpone cheese and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half of the corn bread into a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. dish. Layer with half of the beans, mayonnaise mixture, corn, tomatoes, green peppers, onion, bacon and cheese. Repeat layer (dish will be very full).
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Yield: 12 servings