Tamales--basic masa dough

Yield: 9 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Water
6 cups Masa harina

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 00:43:27 -0500 From: BobbieB1@...

To make dough: a. Dissolve salt in water and add to masa harina in a large mixing bowl. b. Mix and knead briefly in bowl to make a stiff dough. c.

Transfer to a cutting board and form into an 8" to 10" log. d. Cut dough into 18 equal-sized pieces (about 1" each) e. Roll each piece of dough into a ball. Set aside and cover with a damp cloth.

To assemble tamales: a. If using dried corn husks, soften by steaming for 3 to 5 minutes or soaking in warm water for 10 minutes. Fresh corn husks and parchment paper are ready to use. b. Flatten each ball of dough in the palm of your hand and form into a shallow bowl shape. c. Place 2 haeaping tablespoons of filling in center of each piece of dough. Fold sides into corner. d. Seal edges by pinching lightly with your fingertips. e. Gently roll sealed tamales between your hands into a thick cigar shape. f. Place each tamale lengthwise int the center of a corn husk. Wrap the two wide ends of the corn husk around the tamale. Fold the top edge of the corn husk over the tamale.

To Cook tamales: a. Lay tamales on stacked steamer trays. Cover and steam 40 to 45 minutes over rapidly boiling water. Add more water to pot as needed to create steam. (If steamer trays are unavailable, 2 metal steamer baskets placed in separate pots filled with water just below the baskets may be used.) b. Remove tamales from steamer, discard husks and serve warm or at room temperature.

Per serving: (2 tamales) 144 cal, 0 g prot, 127 mg sod, 30 g carb, 1 g fat, 0 mg chol, 3 mg calcium

From _Vegetarian Gourmet_ Summer 1993 MM-RECIPES@...


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