So I have been really behind with everything I have wanted to do between school and a sick baby the past few days. I am finally getting caught up on my housework. Only 3 loads of laundry left to do, yay!
I made my tamales the other day with my pulled pork from a few nights ago. They turned out pretty good and I sort of winged the sauce since I was doing it on my own without the husband’s help.
I use masa preparada (prepared masa) from the mexican store Cardena’s. If you don’t have any around you then I am sure you can find a recipe to make your own. I know it uses ground corn, margarine, salt and I think something else. Not too difficult to find the ingredients for. I just take the easy way since I can buy it already made. Less work that way.
So I made about 2 dozen tamales with this recipe with some sauce left over. This is a mild sauce but you can make it more spicy if you want.
Tamales de Puerco
1 lb Masa Preparada
24 Corn husks (soak for a few hours in cold water or 30 minutes in hot water)
3-4cups Pulled Pork
Tamale Pot (Steamer pot)
You can find them at any mexican store or even on Amazon 3-Piece Aluminum Steamer, 10-Inch
9 small tomatillos (they are like green tomatoes ad usually have a green husk on them)
1 large jalapeno
1 to 2 cloves of garlic
1. Roast the jalapeno and tomatillos until the skin is essentially burnt. I do this in a broiler, my husband will do it in a cast iron pan on the stove top.
2. Rinse under cool water to peel off and discard the skin
3. Depending on how spicy you want it, start with only half the jalapeno and puree in a food processor or blender with tomatillos and garlic. Taste and add the rest of the jalapeno if desired.
4. Mix pork and the chile sauce together. Set aside.
5. Take a corn husk and shake off the excess water. Spread masa in a square in the center leaving space on each side, the top and the bottom.
6. Add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of pork and fold the husk to make a small package.Repeat until desired amount of tamales are made.
7. Add water to the bottom of the pot so that it is just under the tray.
8. Place tamales upright in pot, cover, and let cook for a few hours on low heat. Add more water as needed until tamales are cooked. Masa should be firm and some what crumbly when broken.
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