Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Christmas Tamalera - a la Petit

a
"tamalera"
is
tamale-making
extravaganza

you can
really
NOT
make
tamales
alone

you must
have
gaggle
of
friends
(or family)
...
each assigned
to a task

First,
you need
to think about
what
you
want
to stuff
inside 
your tamales
                            our Christmas tamales this year were:

1.  Ashley's slow cooked chicken and corn
2.  slow cooked chipotle pork
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3.  Black bean and roasted corn with cotija cheese
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4.  Jack cheese and jalapeño strips



while 
you
prepare
the fillings
you
must
soak
 the
corn husks
(I had to put a plate over the husks to keep them from floating to the top of the sink)


for
a minimum of
two hours
    then
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you can mix up
 the masa
(we used Crisco instead of lard)

and
then the
tamale-making begins


*****
Ashley
spread the 
masa
on the softened corn husks
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just
like
this
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Emily
aka M.C.
spooned
the filling
in
the middle of the 
masa
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and
Annie
folded
the corn husk
around
the filling
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it is
quite
the social
event
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I
tried
to keep the
troops
ON TASK,
but.....
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thought
it was
time
to help
get
back on
the
tamale-making task
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(and
am
known
for
always
"staying on task"
...NOT)
.....IMG_1870

fast forward
three tamale-making hours
 later

we
spread, filled and folded
just about
 109
tamales

John readied
the
large pot and a small pot
for 
the tamales
to steam
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and
they were
ready
after about
11/2 hours

Deliciousness!
(photos in next post)



here's
the
masa recipe
we
used:

1 c. Crisco
1 TBS. sea salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3 1/2 c. masa harina
2 1/2 c. warm water

In an electric mixer, beat shortening, salt and baking powder
until light and fluffy
-about 5 minutes
(scraped down the sides often)

add the dry masa harina
and
mix until
just incorporated

with mixer on low
slowly add
 1 1/4 c. water
increase speed,
continue mixing
and 
stream in remaining
warm water

Masa
should 
have
the consistency
of cake batter
and
is ready
to spread 
on corn husks

Fillings
can
be 
just about anything!
  I cooked a pork butt in the crock pot with a can of pureed chipotle chiles for 6 hours - delish!
  Chicken or turkey thighs can be slow cooked the same way.  Ashley added Trader Joe's Roasted Corn to her slow cooked chicken.
   Black beans, the same roasted corn and Cotija (or Jack Cheese) is good
   Apples, raisins, cinnamon and cream cheese is good
   Jalapeño strips and Jack cheese strips is super yummy
   Cooked pureed sweet potatoes, or cook pureed butternut squash with chevre and toasted pecans is divine
   Shredded beef - YUM!

         


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