I finally made tamales by myself. I have always been afraid to take on such a big task. I cooked the pork and chicken on Thursday. I soaked the corn husk and made the masa on Friday. It was such a disaster, everything went wrong. It was probably one of my biggest cooking nightmares. When I was measuring the masa I couldn't remember how many cups of corn flour I put in the bowl, so after that I was just winging it. I added more broth, that didn't help, now I have to add more corn flour. The mixture still wasn't right, so I added more lard. I just couldn't get the consistency right, and never did! So, I was having a hard time spreading the masa and then the meat juice was dripping all over. I was just too tired to deal with it. At 8:00 p.m. I had decided to just make the one batch (about 12) and throw the masa and husk away. And I don't throw food away!I That is just how bad it was. I just couldn't roll one more tamale.
The first batch was steamed and ready to eat. They were sooo delicious after I made a couple Rhondafications. This is the problem I had, the meat mixture was runny so I couldn't put enough meat in the tamale. So, I just put some of the left over meat on top of the tamale and added sour cream. Who doesn't add sour cream and cheese to Mexican recipes.
So, I refrigerated the masa and meat mixture and put the corn husk away until Sunday. Sunday I had to soak the husk again. I had no problem spreading the masa on the husk and the meat wasn't as juicy. I don't know what happened. But working with the cold masa and meat mixture was much easier. Who Knew? I don't know if that will always be the case but it was that day.
The corn flour I used was Meseca Masa Harina. I have a lot left over so you know I will be posting pictures of my homemade corn tortilla's soon. I just need a couple weeks to recover from the tamales. Click here for the tamale recipe. I did make a lot of Rhondifcations but that is because I can't help myself.
Thanks for spending some of your day with me, Rhonda
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