Anyone have a good tamale recipe?

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by pdt816, Mar 18, 2001.

  1. pdt816

    pdt816

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    or a link to a website with good mexican recipes? Pork, beef or chicken tamales are ok.
     
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  3. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is the recipe I use for making tamales:

    1 1/4 c. masa harina
    1 1/4 c. hot water
    10 Tb. lard (or veg. shortening)
    1 1/2 t. salt
    1 t. baking powder
    1/4. c. chilled chicken stock (or other stock or water)

    1. Put masa in a mixer with paddle attachement. Slowly add water until a soft dough forms. Mix for 5 minutes more.
    2. Allow dough to chill and rest for 1 hour in a fridge.
    3. Put back in mixer and mix on high and mix for 5 minutes.
    4. Add the lard 2 Tb. at a time until all is in corporated. Mix for 5 minutes longer, until light and fluffy.
    5. Mix together the salt, baking powder, and stock. Add to masa and mix for 5 minutes more.

    That is the basic tamale dough. Fill with whatever ingredients you desire and steam for about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of your tamales. I usually use corn husks for wrapping tamales, but if you dont have any or need to save time you can wrap them in plastic wrap.
     
  4. pdt816

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    You guys are the best.
     
  5. pooh

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    You might want to check "In Julia's Kitchen" Cookbook - Zarela Martinez - has a great one. She's the author of "Food from my Heart: Cuisines from Mexico Remembered and Reimagined".

    I also like Rick Bayless "Mexican Kitchen".

    :)

    [ March 22, 2001: Message edited by: pooh ]