Sunday, November 18, 2007

hot tamale

This time of year is typically the time of year for tamales.
I am providing extra links for tamales since I am not so detailed in my explanation. I have been making these delicious little treats for years and years now and I dont follow a recipe so much as I just throw it all together. I started the meat last night in the pressure cooker with chiles, garlic, onion salt and pepper so that today it was pulled and shredded by hand and tasty. I made the masa, soaked the husks and got busy this morning making 2 dozen of these bad boys. I basically did the same as this.

Spread the masa

A dollop of meat

Steam for 90 minutes or so ( I usually steam about
8 at a time but I show three here for convenience)

This big pot of chile is for spooning over the plated
tamales covered in melted cheese and served up
"wet" as referenced by my food buddy at Opinions
and Rectums. I dont need to tell you how good these are.


buffalodick said...

My first taste of Mexican flavors came from a CAN! Old El Paso Tamales! Only now do I know how bad they were, but at age 15 with nothing to compare them to- I thought they were fantastic. I have not had a good tamale in years, as every time I go to a Mexican restaurant I forget and order Rellenos! I do know they should be made in big batches, as they are alot of prep work... Batches? We don't need no stinking batches!

Angel said...

OH Man!!! Leave the key under the mat...I'll be right over!

Anonymous said...


Thankx for dropping by and I'm glad that you got a kick out of the post... wink

Ok..I'll bath you and yeah.. I'll even put you to bed for free but believe me, you DON'T want me feeding you... I'll let the buffalo do that for ya!

Anonymous said...

Let's make a deal.. I'll bathe you if you teach me how to make that... ;-)

KellytheCulinarian said...

Delicious! I'd love to have one right now, in fact.

MommaMonkey said...

Last time I had a tamale (and it wan't near as good as yours looks) was way back in my college days. I brought a boyfriend home to meet my parents, we had some tamales, and later that night he ended up in the emergency room because he had an allergic reaction to the tamale and blew-up like a balloon. So i think tamale, I think emergency room.

But for some reason, I think I'd eat yours! ;)

pinknest said...

wow, i am SOOOO incredibly impressed! i can't believe you made tamales! it's such a long process and i go crazy. but they are definitely one of my favorites.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Oooh...I'd almost forgotten what time of year it was! Tamale time. One of our worker bees brings me tamales every year. Six red, six green for the holidays.

I've never had them wet though. Sounds wonderful!

FHB said...

Got on a plane in Austin once and the lady in front of me had a bag full of Tamales in the overhead. She travels to Austin frequently and gets them at a local grocery store. Her kids, Chicago or somewhere, ate them up like crazy.

Christo Gonzales said...

Buff: shhhh dont tell anyone but about once a summer and this summer included I get a craving for the canned version too dont ask me why but I do ..I like Hormel brand...shhhh

Beth: mat..what mat...this is the big apple you gotta get to my door first

Nancy: sounds like a good deal to me

Kelly M: smothered in chile and cheese and they are even better

Chels PJ: who made them the last time or the first time or that time?

Pinknest: not any more time consuming than the average time consuming cooking task

real live lesbian: lucky lucky you and you NEED to try them wet...

FHB: you are in tamale country so this aint new to you

Mel said...

Believe it or not I have never eaten a tamale. I am deprived!

tavolini said...

looks great--I have never made tamales. I've even got the masa harina in my cupboard--but have thus far just used it for tortillas.

Looks great!

KellytheCulinarian said...

I knew what you meant!

Lara Croft said...

I am back ! what an awesomee week in Vegas, the buffets are bloody great, you pay for breakfast and stay for lunch, or pay for lunch and stay for dinner LOL. The buffets had everything from sushi to baked vegies and roast meats. Vacations need lots of food LOL

Christo Gonzales said...

Mel: you gotta try em'

Tavolini: use pre cooked anything as the stuffing, try cheese or roasted peppers, the only time commitment is in the steaming

Kelly: I knew you did.

LaraCroft: you were just in the southwest..did you eat anything southwestern?

Lara Croft said...

Well everywhere I looked were biscuits, we call them scones and you have jam and cream on our scones lol, not Gravy ewwww.
Lots of fried chicken to be found, hash browns and chicken fried steak!

Christo Gonzales said...

laracroft: sounds more like wierd cowboy food casino style...

and scones are scones and bisquits ARE bisquits,,,just so you know...LOL

Lara Croft said...

I took pictures of some of our meals go see

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