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Tamales Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
LOIS MEYERS
Added: Monday, May 4, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Tamale Dough:
2 Cups of Corn Masa, (Corn Dough Flour)
2 Cups of Lukewarm Water or Broth
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2/3 Cup Lard or Vegetable Shortening

Tamales Meat:
1 1/4 Pounds Boneless Pork Loin, or Shoulder, (Substitute Chicken or Beef)
1 1/2 Ounces Chile Powder
1/8 Cup of Cooking Oil, (Corn)
3/4 Cup Water
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
16 Corn Husks
2 1/2 Pounds of Prepared Masa, (Dough)

Directions:
Directions:
Masa (dough) Preparation: Combine corn masa (dough flour), baking powder, and salt in a bowl, working broth (broth from pork, or chicken depending on what type of tamale stuffing you are using) or water to make soft moist dough. In a small bowl, beat lard or shortening until fluffy, add masa (dough) and beat until dough has a spongy texture. Meat & Tamale Preparation: Cover meat with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until done, about two hours. Cut meat into small pieces. Add cooking oil, chile powder, and salt to meat and cook for approximately 7 minutes. Soak corn husks in water for a few minutes until soft and pliable. Spread masa (dough) evenly over corn husks, and place a heaping tablespoon of prepared meat mixture in the center. Wrap husks with dough around the meat and fold the end. Place all the raw tamales in to a steamer. Cover with wet cloth and steam for approximately 1 hour.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
16 Count
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
3 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Pork Rules - go with Pork
Note: Since the meat is cooked, the steaming process is cooking the dough. After 1 hour of steaming, the corn husk should peal off the tamales. If it is not pealing off steam more.
Important: Be sure not to run out of water during the steaming process.
Makes Approximately 16 tamales.

 

 

 

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