Have you ever felt exactly like Justin Timberlake? Me neither. But I relate to his “bringing sexy back” self when it comes to casseroles. The casserole, that concoction of various ingredients assembled, baked, and served in a deep glass dish or crock or pottery bowl called, well, a casserole, is perhaps the best example of how a very good dish has gotten a very bad name. The mere word “casserole” is fuddy-duddy and downtrodden enough to make most modern cooks shudder at the memory of some particularly poor version. It doesn’t have to be that way. Take my tortilla pie, which I made with black beans, ground turkey, and homemade salsa. It has fresh, modern flavors and is an easy dinner for a busy weeknight; it’s so sexy that I named it after Timberlake himself. Here’s how to make it.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 cups salsa (here’s my easiest recipe)
1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained
4 8-inch flour tortillas
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 400. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive and saute onions until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add ground turkey and thoroughly brown. Drain meat and onion mixture well and set aside in a large bowl. Add salsa and black beans to the meat mixture and combine well. Lightly grease a 2-quart round casserole. Layer one tortilla, about 2/3 cup of the meat-and-bean mixture, and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients three more times. Bake for 30 minutes .
Serve garnished with avocado slices and sour cream, if you like.