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Tamales & Tamales Masa

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  • Tamales:
  • Cook pork in 6 cups of water until well done. Drain broth and reserve this stock for making dough.
  • Chop cooked meat in small pieces. Now, dissolve the 6 tablespoons of chili powder in 2 cups of the meat stock (or water). Add this to the chopped meat and cook until almost all of the liquid is absorbed by the meat.
  • Tamale Masa:
  • Place ready-mix corn meal in bowl. Add salt, lard and enough meat stock until dough is of spreading consistency (add water as necessary).
  • Now spread masa mix into corn husks and spread about 1/2 as much meat in Tamale Masa MIX folding one end of husk over to close meat & masa inside. Set aside to be loaded into steamer later.
  • To cook, place tamales in a steamer on closed end down. Steam tamales for about 45 minutes or until they loosen easily when unwrapped.

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Fair warning, tamales are not easy to make, but if you are game for a good try, follow instructions closely! Serve several tamales to a plate, with frijoles, shredded lettuce and a red chili sauce. NOTE: Aluminum foil can be used in place of corn husks.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am a first timer of tamales and this recipe made me an officianado! I am a first timer of tamales and this recipe made me an officianado! Loved it and so did my husband! Thanks!
Date published: 2010-12-28
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