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Old 07-19-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Good Tamale Recipes?

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Old 07-19-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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Hire one lil' ol' Mexican woman.
Gather a pile of mesquite wood for fire.
Go to tortillaria and pick up masa for the sweet lady.

That's my recipe and I challenge you to find one that yields better tamales.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Good Tamale Recipes?

OK, maybe I should entitle this: A Good Tamale Recipe from someone who has no access to a small Mexican women
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Good Tamale Recipes?

I usually find a Salvadoran to make them for me. Salvy tamales are my favorite.

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The thing is that Tamales (both Salvy and Mexican) are really labor intensive and are usually made in very large quantities for sale or large gatherings. Here's a recipe which makes only 12. btw, Masa harina is usually purchased as Maseca.

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Here's a recipe for Mexican Tamales.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
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I need to find a Salvadoran to see if Hermana Linda wins.

Oh, banana, you didn't mention whether you were looking for "normal" tamales or Veracruz-style. I detest Veracruz-style, fwiw.
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Default Re: Good Tamale Recipes?

I don't know what I want I bought some corn flour and thought I might make tamales because they cost $1.25 a piece at T Joes!
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And I'm fine with making them in large quantities if you think they'll freeze OK. We have a bamboo steamer contraption.
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Default Re: Good Tamale Recipes?

They freeze great. I make them at Christmas in huge batches and they last around here until about Marchish. Wasband's g-gma from Mexico taught me, so whether it's authentic or not, the recipe's good enough for them
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Default Re: Good Tamale Recipes?

So, where's the recipe? :tappingfoot
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Default Re: Good Tamale Recipes?

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Hire one lil' ol' Mexican woman.
Gather a pile of mesquite wood for fire.
Go to tortillaria and pick up masa for the sweet lady.

That's my recipe and I challenge you to find one that yields better tamales.
You could start an international business with a post as enticing as that! My search for a real tamale sent me into labor in May!
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It's in my Christmas cookbook, which is in storage until Thanksgiving
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I don't know what I want I bought some corn flour and thought I might make tamales because they cost $1.25 a piece at T Joes!
Regular tamales are wrapped in corn husks. Veracruz-style are wrapped (perhaps more appropriately for you) in banana leaves.


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They freeze great. I make them at Christmas in huge batches and they last around here until about Marchish. Wasband's g-gma from Mexico taught me, so whether it's authentic or not, the recipe's good enough for them
It's at least as authentic as Trader Joes.
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I follow the masa recipe on the Maseca bag. But I use chicken broth for the water and add a little bit of the red chile for color, and more sea salt than called for. The meat I make from scratch. Nothing specific. Make the meat like a roast. Shred it. Then take dried red chilies. Wash and deseed. Put them in a blender with garlic, salt, and hot water. Blend to desired consistency. Then add the red chile to the meat.
You can roll them in foil if you dont have corn husks. Just leave the top open. Cover the tamales with soaked husks or a wet towel when steaming. Put a penny in your water so you can hear if the water level goes down.
you can apply those tips to just about any recipe and they'll be yummy.
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Regular tamales are wrapped in corn husks. Veracruz-style are wrapped (perhaps more appropriately for you) in banana leaves.
T Joe's are in corn husks!
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Salvy tamales are in banana leaves.
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Is there something special I need to do to the corn husks?
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