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Old 01-08-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default First (but not last) Tamales

I smoked a pork shoulder last week, and Big Al smoked a chicken on Monday while he was off and I have been wanting to try my hand at Tamales... so I did!

I gathered the ingredients.

Yes... lard... I can feel my heart...slow...as I type...
This is the recipe I used -



I simmered the chicken in a green chili sauce


And the pork in a red chili sauce



I watched this video to see how to actually put them together
Then I watched this one

With that informaiton under my belt sallied forth to make the tamales.
I mixed up the dough - had to do it by hand since I couldn't find my mixer...
Then started putting the tamales together. I think I did OK.



Into the steamer basket...




One magical hour later...





They were pretty tasty. Big Al said they were better then the ones we get at our local mexican place. I will be making them again. I next time I think I will put more spices in the masa besides salt.
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Nice....Which were better the green or the red?
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WOW great job! I gotta try that really soon.
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:05 PM   #4
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Those look great, L-M! i was going to make tamales while I was off over the holidays and never did it
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Nice first effort.
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wow those look soo good, I love a good tamale. hard to find very good ones, even in texas!

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Tamales are a beautiful thing and it looks like you hit it. Those look perfect.
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:19 PM   #8
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You nailed them from the looks of it. Very nice from a tamale journeyman.
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Thanks guys.
Char - I think I like the chicken better - Al likes the pork better. Both are winners though.
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Good job, tamales are a lot of work but you nailed it.
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Very nice Lynn. I would hit them
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Good job! tamales are like sex, even when they are bad, they are still pretty good. I have never had a tamale i didn't like.

next time instead of the lard, go to a mexican market and get a tub of Manteca de peurco.
It will add so much more flavor!
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wow those look soo good, I love a good tamale. hard to find very good ones, even in texas!

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Those are some great looking tamales! Nice job, you've inspired me to give it a try, thanks!
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Wow! That looks awesome!

I'm REAL picky about tamales. A friend's Mom and her sisters, aunts, cousins, etc. all get together before Chistmas and make big batches of tamales for the holidays. They are so good I seldom try others because I'm always disappointed.

Mrs. Conteras makes my whole year when I get a dozen green chicken and a dozen sweet dessert tamales for Christmas.
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