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Pork-Picadillo Tamales

Pork-Picadillo Tamales recipe
photo by:kraft
Pork sweetened with raisins fills these tasty tamales. The banana leaf wrappers give them even more flavor.
time
prep:
25 min
total:
1 hr 25 min
servings
total:
12 servings
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What You Need

1/2
cup  lard
1-3/4
cups  masa harina
1
tsp.  CALUMET Baking Powder
3/4
tsp.  salt
1-2/3
cups   warm water
1/4
cup  KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1
lb.  ground pork
1
Tbsp.  chili powder
1/3
cup  raisins
1/3
cup  pitted green olives
1
lb.  banana leaves, cut into 12 (8-inch-long) pieces
1/3
cup  red salsa

Make It

BEAT first 4 ingredients in large bowl with mixer on low speed until blended. Gradually add water, beating well after each addition until light and fluffy.

HEAT dressing in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and chili powder; cook 5 min. or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins and olives; cook 2 min. Remove from heat.

SPREAD about 1/3 cup masa dough into 5x3-inch rectangle down center of each of 12 banana leaf pieces. Top each with 1/3 cup meat mixture. Fold in sides of leaves to completely enclose filling. Tie closed with strips cut from some of the remaining banana leaves.

POUR 3 cups water into tamalera pot or 8-qt. stockpot fitted with steamer basket. Line bottom of tamlera liner or steamer basket with some of the remaining banana leaves. Add tamales, overlapping as necessary to fit; cover with remaining leaves or damp kitchen towel. Cover with lid. Bring water to boil on medium-high heat; simmer on medium-low heat 1 hour or until tamales pull away from leaves, adding more boiling water to pan and adjusting heat as necessary to maintain a gentle boil. Serve tamales topped with salsa.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Cooking Know-How
Make sure tamales are not touching the water as they cook. To avoid burning bottom of tamalera or pot, add several coins to the water. Coins will rattle throughout the cooking time. If rattling stops, you need to add more water to the pot.
Substitute
Prepare using lean ground beef.
Substitute
Substitute shortening for the lard.
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