Tamales - better homes

Yield: 50 Tamales

Measure Ingredient
1 2 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder or butt roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut up
10 cups Water
1 medium Onion; quartered
3 Cloves garlic minced
4 cups Red chili sauce
¾ cup Shortening
6 cups MASA HARINA
1½ teaspoon Baking powder
About 50 dried corn husks; 8 inches long

In a 4½ to 5 quart dutch oven bring pork, water, onion, garlic, and 1 ½ t salt to boiling. Simmer, covered, about 2 ¼ hrs until meat is very tender. Remove meat from broth and cool Using two forks, shred meat, discarding fat. You should have 3 ½ to 4 c shredded meat. Strain broth and reserve 5-6 cups. In a 3 quart saucepan, heat the red chili sauce and add shredded meat. Simmer, covered about 10 minutes.

For MASA: beat shortening with a mixer on medium for 1 minute. Stir together MASA HARINA, baking powder and 2 t salt. Alternately add MASA HARINA mixture and broth to shortening, beating well after each addition.

Add just enough broth to make a thick creamy paste. Soak corn husks in warm water for 5 minutes then rinse to remove and corn silk and debris. Drain.

To assemble each tamale, spread 2 T MASA mixture in the center of a husk.

Place 1 T meat sauce in the middle of the MASA. Fold in sides of husk then fold up bottom. Place a mound of extra husks in the center of a steamer basket in a dutch oven and put tamales in basket, open end up. Bring water to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and steam 40 minutes, adding more water as necessary. Microwaving for a couple minutes works too.

From: Better Homes and Gardens, December 1994 Busted and entered for you by: Bill Webster Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #888 by Bill Webster <thelma@...> on Nov 07, 1997

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