Posted 11-05-2004 at 20:03:09
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Here is my family's recipe for tamales. If you don't have access to freshly ground masa, the prepackaged dry version can be bought in most grocery stores. The quality isn't the same, but it works.
Aunt Eloisa’s Tamales
10 pounds freshly ground masa
2 3/4 pounds lard
salt to taste
7 teaspoons baking powder
Knead until a chunk floats in cold water.
1 pound California Chiles (dry red chiles)
whole cumino (cumin) seed
8 to 10 garlic cloves
Boil California red chiles in water until tender. Remove stems, squeeze peppers with hands, and run through sieve.
Brown flour in lard. Add chile mixture to which cold pork roast broth has been added. Add cumino and garlic to chile. Add powdered or dried New Mexico chiles to taste (for hotness) while boiling.
Boil 6 pound pork roast with 3 garlic cloves in water until tender. Cool. Tear apart pork roast with fingers and add to chile mixture.
Soak 1 ½ pounds corn shucks in warm water for one hour. Take apart and wash.
Spread masa on corn shuck in a thin layer. Place spoonful of chile on masa. Fold sides, then bottom, up.
Stand tamales up in roaster that has been lined with shucks –
Stand one tamale up in the middle.
Lean other tamales agaist center tamale and away from sides. Put ¾ inch of water in bottom of roaster and place lid on roaster. Cook one hour at 375 degrees.
If you wish to freeze tamales, freeze them uncooked.