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Tamales
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Vic in Kenefick    Posted 12-17-2003 at 10:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone have a good recipe for them. My parents want to make some for the holidays and it has been so long that they can not remember how to make them.
Thanks in advance.


Wisereader    Posted 12-18-2003 at 05:18:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Chili today, hot tomales!"

Sorry, couldn't resist.


Linda in UT    Posted 12-17-2003 at 10:50:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is our family's recipe.

Aunt Eloisa’s Tamales

MASA

10 pounds freshly ground masa
2 ¾ pounds lard
salt to taste
7 teaspoons baking powder

Knead until a chunk floats in cold water.

SAUCE

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.

MEAT

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.

CORN SHUCKS

Soak 1 ½ pounds corn shucks in warm water for one hour. Take apart and wash.

ASSEMBLY

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.

- Eloisa Wilson


~Lenore    Posted 12-17-2003 at 16:24:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
"2 '¾' pounds lard"

then:

"Soak 1 '½' pounds corn shucks in warm water for one hour"

Then:

"Soak 1 '½' pounds corn shucks in warm water"

Maybe it is not important but I did not understand them.


Linda in UT    Posted 12-17-2003 at 16:35:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back in the 70's, I watched my mom and her sister and mother make tamales and wrote down everything they did. I think that's where the ingredients with amounts in whole numbers and fractions came in. I believe lard at that time came in "boxes" that weighed two and three quarters pounds.

The amounts called for are fairly flexible. These just happened to be that weights of ingredients my mom was using for that batch on that particular day.

I hope this helps. If not, try again and I'll see if I can come up with a better explanation.


~Lenore    Posted 12-17-2003 at 19:40:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Linda.
I will just overlook the 's' then.
I love home made tamales.
I will try a half recipe after the holidays.


Linda in UT    Posted 12-18-2003 at 10:36:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
(I tried to post this last night, but couldn't get on the site)

I was doing a google search for something entirely different and ran across this interesting site.

I forgot to mention that an older friend in California occasionally ships us homemade tamales. Some are using the recipe I posted, and others are sweet tamales made with pineapple. I don't know how to make the pineapple filling, but I've seen recipes here and there for it.

The roaster I mentioned in the recipe is usually the portable large electric roasting oven, although I've seen my mom steam the tamales on top of the stove as well.


~Lenore    Posted 12-18-2003 at 13:18:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Linda, that is a wonderful site!
I am saving it in my favorites.
I love that I can use my chineese wok/steamer to make tamales.

I will see if my daughter will get me a Mexican roaster on her next trip to Mexico.
Thanks so much!!
Thanks, Vic, for asking the original question.
:-)


~Lenore    Posted 12-17-2003 at 14:02:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds wonderful!!
Pardon my ignorance though;
what is an s/S in your ingredient list?
Also could the recipe be cut in half?
Thanks.


Linda in UT    Posted 12-17-2003 at 15:46:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
"what is an s/S in your ingredient list?"

I'm sorry, now you've lost me? I don't see an s/S. Help!

Yes, you can make any amount you want to. You need to know, though, that as soon as the neighbors smell these cooking, you're going to have company! At least, that's what always happened when I was a kid and my mother, my aunt and my grandmother would make tamales. Pretty soon, we had a houseful of neighbors dropping in.


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