Entertainment Magazine: Mexican Food: Green Corn Tamales

Quick corn tamales recipes

Making corn tamales can be simple, if made from tamale mixes or kits. To make a tamale by hand, is a bit more challenging.

green corn tamalesTo make green corn tamales, or any meat tamale, from scratch you need to start with actual corn, scraped from the cob (save the husks!). In Spanish, this is called masa. Masa, the Mexican corn flour is used to make tortillas and tamales. Masa can be bought in stores and online in grounded form. Tamale kits, or store-bought masa, will contain the grounded corn kernals.

If grinding corn by hand: Grind the corn with Jack Cheese in a meat grinder, blender or food processor.

Combine with lard (or substitute), cream and butter.

Spread the corn mixture on each corn husk, lay a sliver of green chile down the middle (add an olive, if you like). Fold, tuck and roll.

Hot tamales can be steamed in a pressure cooker or large steaming kettle. Always pour water at the bottom of the pan about 1/2 inch deep. Steam for about 1/2 hr to and hour (depending on the method). Refrigerate for 3-4 days. If freezing the tamales, don't steam them. Hot tamales are the best when they first come out of the steamer. But reheating frozen tamales still captures that spicy corn taste.

Large Tamale recipe

This tamale recipe makes 4 dozen tamales.

Food Needed: 4 lbs. Pork (Shanks or Shoulder) or beef (chunks for stew, or chicken breast.

One-half onion, 7 lbs prepared masa, salt to taste.

Also: add green chilies and bay leaves.

Step 1- Preparing the Meat: Place meat, bay leaves, granulated garlic, salt to taste, and onion (cut in 4 pieces) into pot and add enough water to just cover the meat and ingredients. Cook meat and spices until tender. When done, remove and shred meat. Set aside 3 to 4 cups of the broth and bay leaves for preparing the chilies.

Step 2 - Preparing the Corn Husks: Soak corn husks for 30 minutes to 1 hour unit flexible.

Step 3 - Preparing the Chili Sauce: Place the chilies in a separate pot. Cover chilies with water and bring to boil. Drain chilies and remove stem and seeds. Place the chilies in a blender.

From step 1, use the 3 to 4 cups of both with bay leaves, add cumin and puree. Add the shredded meat and the chile sauce in a pot and cook. Remove from heat when sauce has thickened. Meat and the chili sauce.

Step 4 - Preparing Masa for the Tamales in the Corn Husks: Gently remove the husks and individually spread one corn husk Place two tablespoons of masa flour into the center of the husks.

Using a spoon, flatten the masa and spread evenly around the husks until is about 4.5 square inches. Spread 1-2 rounded teaspoons of meat sauce in the center of the masa and fold the husks and the masa. Allow the masa to completely surround the meat sauce.

Fold the bottom of the husk up and place in a steamer pot open end up. Place lid on the pot and steams tamales for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Tamales are done when the masa easily separated from the husks.

This tamale recipe is courtesy of the Mojave Tamale Kit which contains everything you need to make authentic meat tamales.

We are searching for a special Tucson home cooking recipe for Mexican tamales and green corn tamales that can be shared with the public. We also will feature some Tucson homemade green corn tamales available to be shipped anywhere in the world.

Two hot tamales are better than one. Most people eat two or more at a time. Homemade tamales are common in many local Mexican restaurants and street cart vendors. They are easy to eat, not messy and one can never have too many tamales!

At Christmas time, tamales are the main staple. They are called "red tamales," made of shredded beef, red chile and wrapped in a corn husk. Red beef tamales are found all year round and are a popular "hand food" on the run.

The green corn tamal (green, meaning "fresh") is made with fresh white corn, often mixed with cheese, then lined with a long green chile slice before it is rolled and wrapped in a husk. Then the husks are steamed.

Tamale Groceries
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Instant Corn Masa Mix

This package contains 4.84 LB. This instant mix removes much of the work - just add water and knead into a soft, smooth dough, ready to make authentic Mexican specialities. Homemade tortillas have never been easier!

Ruiz Chicken Tamale

Ingredients: Cooked Masa (Water, Corn Masa Flour (With Trace Of Lime), Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Sunflower, Canola And/Or Corn Oil), Salt, Ground Chili Pepper), Filling (Chicken Meat (Dark Chicken Meat, White Chicken Meat, Water, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Sodium Phosphate), Green Chili (With Citric Acid), Monterey Jack & Cheddar Cheese. See list for more.

Ruiz Chicken Tamale with Label, 4.5 Ounce -- 36 per case only $45.75.

Ruiz Chicken Tamale, 5 Ounce -- 60 per case only $81.05.

Del Real Foods Gourmet Chicken Tamales in Green Sauce

Del Real Foods Gourmet Chicken Tamales in Green Sauce Mexican Prepared Meals, a nationwide online grocery store for authentic Mexican food, recipes, cookbooks and culture. Tamales de pollo en salsa verde.

New Mexico Tamale Sampler

This prepared tamale kit includes eight tamales, a sampling of four of the most popular Tamales from New Mexico Chile Express. These tamales are hand made, using authentic Southern New Mexico Recipes. Fully cooked, just thaw and enjoy. Includes 6 oz. of Red Sauce and 6 oz. of Green Sauce.

Tamales 101: A Beginner's Guide to Making Traditional Tamales Paperback

Author Alice Guadalupe Tapp has perfected the art of tamale making, and in TAMALES 101 imparts her knowledge and passion for this comforting treat. TAMALES 101 shows beginners how to make masa dough as well as fold and steam tamales to perfection. Then, once you've mastered the basics, you'll be whipping up batches of Chicken Tomatillo, Chorizo Potato, Vegetable Curry, and Greek tamales in no time. With recipes for nearly 100 traditional, vegetarian, vegan, and specialty tamales and sauces.

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