Basic tamales

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
24 \N Dried corn husks
1 cup Lard
1 teaspoon Salt
2½ cup Masa harina mix
1½ cup Warm pork or poultry broth filling (turkey in green mole sauce or pork in red tomato sauce--see recipes)

This is a simplified recipe for tamales but they still should have a fairly authentic taste.

To soak corn husks, cover with warm water; weigh down. Let soak at least 3 hours or overnight.

For tamale dough: Beat lard and salt until fluffy. Slowly beat in masa harina mix alternately with broth until very light and fluffy.

To assemble tamales: Drain corn husks, pat dry. Spread 2 tablespoons dough on center of husks forming a 3 x 2-inch rectangle and spreading copletely to right edge.

Spoon 1 tablespoon filling lengthwise down center of rectangle. For fillings, see recipes "Turkey in green mole sauce" or "Pork in red tomato sauce".

To enclose tamales, turn right side over to center of filling; fold left side over filling, allowing plain part of husk to wrap around filling. Fold top end down over bottom end. Secure ends by tying a string around center of tamale.

To steam tamales, place a rack 2 inches above gently boiling water in steamer or 4-quart dutch oven. Stack tamales, folded side down, on rack.

Cover, steam about 2 hours or until done. To test for doneness, remove one tamale from center and one from side of steamer. Open husks; tamales should be firm and come away easily from husk. Makes 24.




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