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I took a quickie tamale class that was fun and got good recipes....
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Posted to Thread #10080 at 6:50 pm on Mar 15, 2008
Be sure when you buy the masa, it is called 'masa preparada". There are two kinds of masas that are 'wet', sold in plastic bags, but the other kind is drier, or denser... something like that. You'll need some type of steamer (see below in instructions). These freeze beautifully.
Chicken Tamales with Red Mole
note: you can substitute boneless pork shoulder for the chicken]
3 lbs. Masa Preparada
3 lbs. chicken thighs, boneless & skinless
2 tbl. oil
1/2 tb. salt
1/4 tbl. black pepper
1 cup chicken broth
12-oz. jar mole cascabel sauce [San Angel is great!]
16 corn husks [soak in water, then drain]
1 jar red mole sauce [again, San Angel]
1 cup chicken broth
1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper [cut pork into bite-sized pieces]. Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. Brown chicken [or pork] pieces. As pieces brown, remove to a plate. After all are browned, drain excess oil from pan. Return pan to heat and add chicken broth, scraping up browned bits. Add cascabel sauce and stir. Add meat pieces and put pan in oven to finish cooking in the sauce, about 30 minutes.
3. After chicken has cooled, chop into bite-sized pieces. Mix the chopped chicken back with the sauce. Cool.
4. Divide masa into 2 equal parts. Between 2 sheets of plastic, roll one half the masa into a 24" x 6" rectangle. Remove the top piece of plastic and put the cooled chicken and sauce down the center of the rectangle.
5. Using the bottom piece of plastic, roll the masa over the chicken and into a log. Cut into 8 equal pieces and wrap in 8 of the corn husks. [use little strips of corn husks to "tie" up your tamale package and keep it all together]. Repeat with other half of masa and chicken. If you have chicken left over, save it for another time.
6. Prepare steamer: a vegetable steamer place in a covered pan over water, or a bamboo steamer placed in a pan with water will work. Turn heat to medium. Layer in tamales and steam, covered, for 30 minutes or until dough is firm and the husks pull cleanly away from the masa. Add water to pan as it evaporates.
7. Remove tamales from steamer and let cool for 5 minutes.
8. Before serving tamales, heat the red mole sauce with chicken broth in a saucepan. Remove husks from tamales, place on plate, and serve the sauce over the hot tamales.
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Other messages in this thread:
- 10080. My stepdaughter and I are going to make tamales this week and would love some tried and true recipes - Dawn_MO - 2:16pm on 03/15/08 (18)
- Hi Dawn! I've been reading about tamales all week on the web to try and figure them out... [LINK] - Barbara in VA - 3:16pm on 03/15/08
- Thanks for the link Barbara. My step-daughter's - Dawn_MO - 3:03pm on 03/16/08
- I took a quickie tamale class that was fun and got good recipes.... - cheezz - 6:50pm on 03/15/08
- Sounds fabulous...hmmm...I'm home for 11 days....*Ü* [NT] - Glennis_NoCA - 7:13pm on 03/15/08
- Thanks cheezz... - Dawn_MO - 8:15pm on 03/16/08
- slice them??? the masa is wrapped around the filling, then the corn husk wrapped around that. - cheezz - 2:44am on 03/17/08
- I am having problems visualizing step number 5... - Dawn_MO - 6:26pm on 03/17/08
- Yes! That's right... like a jelly roll. It is VERY soft, so you lift the plastic and sort of - cheezz - 3:31am on 03/18/08
- Here's a link to The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail (believe it or not), with recipes and [LINK] - Marianne - 7:50pm on 03/16/08
- PS Be sure to check out the "How To's" with photos of the preparation and cooking methods. [NT] - Marianne - 8:04pm on 03/16/08
- Thanks Marianne, a lot of good info there! [NT] - Dawn_MO - 6:27pm on 03/17/08
- Here's a link to Diana Kennedy's Poblano Cheese tamales that [LINK] - Judy-TX - 4:19pm on 03/17/08
- Please let us know what recipe you finally used, and how you made the tamales? Thanks! [NT] - Marianne - 1:12am on 03/18/08
- Will do! Thanks! [NT] - Dawn_MO - 3:25am on 03/18/08
- For the past ten years or so, some friends have cooked tamales for Easter--TamaleFest. - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 9:39pm on 03/21/08
- We made ours yesterday and they turned out great. Here is what we did... - Dawn_MO - 3:25pm on 03/22/08
- It always seems like a lot of work, but homemade tamales are the best!! [NT] - cheezz - 10:46pm on 03/22/08
- I'm drooling over here! These look awesome Dawn!! [NT] - Traca - 1:32am on 03/23/08