Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I forgot to post these pictures of a tamale making party of one. It's very hard to get anyone around here to help me because it is labor intensive, but I love doing it on occassion. Especially on the holidays.
The chile is made with powdered red chili my mom sends me from New Mexico and Pork Butt. Seasoning is added for flavor. I usually will soak the corn husks in boiling water for about 30 minutes while the chilli is simmering. The soaking softens up the husks which makes them easier to work with.

I buy my Masa Harina Dough in the Mexican section of the supermarket. Just follow directions on the bag. Small amount of masa is added to the center of an opened up husk and flattened down with your finger tips.

A small amount of chili is added to the center.

Pinch the edges of the dough to enclose the chili and then wrap the husk.

Strips from the corn husk are used to tie each end the tamale. Steam them for about an hour or so in a steamer. Do not over crowd them in the steamer or they will cook uneven. If you use a pressure cooker you cook them for less time. They can also be frozen.


studioJudith said...

Such beautiful tamales, Carla!
(know they were yummy ,too)

All good wishes for a joyful year for you and yours- hugs....


stregata said...

The tamales look fantastic - can I come over for dinner?? LOL
Wishing you a wonderful New Year, full of health, happiness, inspiration and love!

Carla Trujillo said...

Happy Holidays Judith!! Hope you had lots of snow and beautiful blue skies!

Happy Holidays Renate!! Yes, Come over for tamales!!!
May the New Year bring much success in all aspects of your life!

Kim Carney said...

that makes me very hungry!

Carla Trujillo said...

Kim - I just love red chili!