humitas en chala (chilean seasoned pureed corn tamales)

Categories
Appetizers
Vegetables
So. america
Yield
6 servings
MeasureIngredient
3½ cup Corn kernels (fresh or canned)
½ cup Milk
1 teaspoon Salt
  Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Aji chile powder, or sub- stitute New Mexican
2 tablespoons Margarine
1 each Onion; chopped
½ cup Summer squash; finely] chopped
1 tablespoon Red bell pepper; chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh cilantro; chopped
¼ cup Parmesan cheese; grated
  Banana leaves (6 by 6 inches) or corn husks

Puree the corn kernels with the milk in a food processor. Add the salt, pepper, and chile powder and mix well. In a large frying pan, heat the margarine, and saute the onion, squash, red bell pepper, and cilantro for 10 minutes. Add the pureed corn and cook, stirring continuously until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the grated cheese, mix well, and remove from heat.

Blanch the banana leaves or corn husks in boiling water and drain.

One at a time, remove each husk and spread about 4 tablespoons of the corn mixture in the center of each husk. Fold the husk around the corn mixture to make a square packet, and tie securely with kitchen string. Make sure that all edges are sealed, and that no batter can escape from the husk. When all of the husks are filled, place them in a large pot of salted water to cover, and simmer on low heat, covered, for about 1 hour. Serve in their husks, warm. They can also be steamed.

Authors' heat scale: Mild

_Hot and Spicy Latin Dishes_ from Chili Pepper Magazine Dave DeWitt, Mary Jane Wilson, Melissa T. Stock Prima Publishing, 1995 ISBN 1-55958-484-X Typos by Jeff Pruett Submitted By JEFF PRUETT On 08-17-95

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