We made Chicken Tamales tonight and I remembered that I had posted a recipe for Tamales on my blog back at the start of it. I thought now would be a great time to do a repost.
I was told that the Tamale is for celebration. Therefore I am celebrating the fact that I like tamales. This recipe is so good and it is gluten free naturally (as long as you don't react to corn). It takes a lot of time to make and a lot of talent to roll them correctly, as seen by the picture I as of yet do not have the level of talent needed for rolling them correctly. I was also so impatient to eat them that I almost forgot to take a picture first. In other news I am being sent my first item to review. This is hugely exciting for me. So I guess I do have something to celebrate! Please do not try this if you have issues with Corn!
- 1 pounds beef steak, pork or chicken
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 garlic bulb, cloves removed and peeled
- 2 ounces pasilla chiles
- 1 tablespoons salt
- 2 bags dried corn husks, about 3 dozen
- 4 cups masa mix
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups of warm water
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- Place beef, chicken or pork into a pot of water with garlic, Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the meat is cooked through, about 2 hours.
- Use gloves to remove stems and seeds from the chile pods. (remember the gloves) Place chiles in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, then remove from heat to cool. Transfer the chiles and water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture, stir in salt, and set aside. Shred the cooked meat and mix in one cup of the chile sauce.
- Soak the corn husks in a bowl of warm water. In a large bowl, beat the lard with a tablespoon of the broth until fluffy. Combine the masa, baking powder and salt; stir into the lard mixture, adding more water as necessary to form a spongy dough.
- Spread the dough out over the corn husks to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place one tablespoon of the meat filling into the center. Fold the sides of the husks in toward the center and place in a steamer. Steam for 1 hour.
- Remove tamales from husks and drizzle remaining chile sauce over or use Verda sauce if you wish