We were all so hungry that this was the only plated picture of the tamales we took! Lol! This was the first one we tested.
2½ cups masa harina
2½ cups warm chicken broth
¾ cup vegetable shortening or pork manteca(lard)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large poblanos, roasted and sliced into thin strips
8 ounces of Oaxaca cheese or Cacique brand mozzarella,pull apart into 15 to 18 pieces
15 to 20 corn husk for tamales
Foil paper, cut into 15 to 18 pieces(about 7 inches ).Wrapping in paper is optional, but it does keep the tamales nice and compact.
1. Start by soaking the corn husk in some very hot water at least for an hour or more. Use a heavy bowl or pot to weigh down, set aside. In a large bowl combine the masa harina, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add in the warm chicken broth and work in until dough forms. In another glass bowl, melt the shortening or manteca, then work well into the masa mixture. Taste for salt. If masa is too thick, work in a little more warm broth. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
2. Prepare a large steamer pot with water, set aside. Once everything is in place, shake of excess water from husk. Take one husk (about 4 inches across) and using the back of a spoon spread enough masa to cover the surface(not too thick). If the spoon method seems too difficult, just use your fingers to press masa down onto surface of the husk. Add some cheese, rajas(poblanos) and about 1 tablespoon of salsa verde . Fold in the sides, then fold down the flap and wrap tightly with foil paper. Stand up in steamer pot previously filled with water, with open side up. Reserve extra salsa verde to garnish cooked tamales.
3. Once all tamales are done, bring to a rapid boil in steamer, then reduce heat to medium. Steam for 1 hour, checking for water every 30 minutes. After 1 hour, pull out 1 tamale and let cool slightly, if the husk pulls away easily from masa, they are done. I usually will cook mine for 1 1/2 hours everytime. Let tamales cool slightly in the covered pot before eating. Yields 15 to 18 large tamales. Garnish the tamales with extra salsa verde!
Note: If you do not have a steamer, you can use a regular large pot. You want insert a plate, bowl, or metal steamer upside down into pot. The idea is to keep the tamales up and out of the water on the bottom of pot. Steam as usual. Tamales and salsa are both freezer friendly!
—The corn masa with real pork manteca getting mixed in. It adds so much flavor to the tamal.
The masa resting for a little while before we dig in and start assembling. This was a big batch of masa!
While we waited, Norma prepared for us a Spanish-Style tortilla. It was so delicious! In the backround we have a Oaxaca cheese and roasted poblanos(rajas) ready.
Here we are in the kitchen. Tamales on the way and working on prep for beans and rice to complete the dinner. Norma blogs @Platanos, Mangoes and Me! Traditional Puerto Rican dishes and much more. A very talented and creative cook! Check out her blog! Click onto picture to visit Norma’s blog. http://platanosmangoes.com/
Here I am filling the tamales….kitchen therapy!
Just a tablespoon of freshly made salsa verde goes inside the tamal.
A plate full of tamales for 8 to 10 people. In our house this would just be enough for my 3 brothers! Lol!
Testing….after an hour and 20 minutes we test one tamal.
Steaming, hot tamales ready! Cover and let rest before we eat!