Recipe for Tamales: How to Make Tamales

Recipe for Tamales: How to Make TamalesThe following recipe (makes 12 tamales) is fun and easy to make.

Ingredients: 36 corn husks, soaked in warm water until soft 1 pound fresh prepared masa (“masa preparada” already contains baking soda and fat for making tamales. This can be purchased at Mexican markets.)

1/2 pound jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch-by-2 1/2-inch strips.
1 cup refried beans, optional.

Place the corn husks into boiling water and then weight down with a plate or lid to submerge completely – they will need to soak for a couple of hours or overnight.

How to make the tamales: Tear some of the corn husks into strips – you will use these to tie the tamales (kitchen string may also be used). Open up a corn husk, and place a generous spoonful (kitchen spoon, about a 1/4 cup) of masa down onto the husk and spread to form a 3-inch-by-2-inch rectangle.

Place a tablespoon of beans (optional) and a strip of cheese in the center. Roll the masa over the cheese and beans to completely cover and close the corn husk. Fold the ends over and tie to close securely with the corn husk strip or with the kitchen string. Continue this process until you have 12 tamales.

How to cook the tamales: Place a steamer on the stove top. Line the steamer colander with the remaining corn husks, bring water to a boil and then turn down to a gentle simmer. Place the tamales into the steamer and cook for one hour. These can be served plain for the children or garnished with a little mild salsa fresca. For adults, they may be served with your favorite salsa and a little crema (sour cream). [source: BA Parent]

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