Re: The New Orleans Advocate Fails To Understand King Ranch Casserole
That recipe looks pretty good; just a tad (a whole bunch) more meticulous than my wife's version. But hers is good too. And as you indicate, toss in a side salad and it's a damn good meal.
Not to argue with you too much, but I fail to see why beans would be such an issue. I get the whole beans/no beans debate in Chili, but King Ranch Casserole doesn't seem to merit the same stubbornness. She throws in corn and a can of drained black beans, which, given the dish's Tex/Mex provenance, seems more than appropriate.
I guess it all comes down to the name. In truth, I'd never call her dish "King Ranch Casserole", mainly because we'd never heard of it until you brought it to our attention. And while the two dishes share some common ingredients and cooking techniques, they are not the same. A Hamburger and a Sloppy Joe both involve ground beef and a bun, but one sure as heck ain't the same as the other.