Saturday’s Mystery Dish

Corn Tamales

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Tamales originated from the Mayan civilization as early as 8000-5000 BC.  The tamale is made from a starchy dough called masa.  Masa, usually corn based, is enclosed within a leafy wrapper and then steamed or boiled.  The leafy wrapper, usually corn husks, are removed before eating.  Tamales can be filled with pork, chicken, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.  The masa is first placed within the corn husk and then a filler of your choice (meat, cheese, fruits or veggies) is added.  The corn husk is then folded similar to a burrito and placed seam side down and steamed until done.

Today’s recipe, Fresh Corn Tamales,  compliments of Food Network.

IMG_2175 Ingredients:

7 ears of fresh corn

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter/room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup harina de maiz (dried corn flour)

20 dried corn husks, soaked in warm water for 30 min.

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Soak corn husks in warm water for 30 minutes.

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Cut corn off cobb…be sure to scrape cob to get all the yummy sweet corn milk

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Puree corn until it reaches a coarse consistency

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Cream butter and sugar

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Add salt and baking powder

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Add egg and mix

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Add harina de maiz and mix

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Add pureed corn

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Mix together until soft dough forms

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Put spoon full on corn husk

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Fold similar to burrito and secure

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Prepare steamer

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Place corn husk packets in steamer

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Stem for 1 hour.  Check water level periodically and replace as needed.

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With tongs take out corn husk packets and place on wire wrack to cool for 30 minutes

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After 30 minutes tamales should be ready to unwrap

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Unwrap and enjoy!

This dish tasted so much like corn pudding!  So sweet and moist.  Delicious!

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Had some leftover dough and decided to put into mini muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees.  The outcome was quite delicious!  Also it was not as tedious as wrapping in corn husks!

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These little nuggets were scrumptious and disappeared quickly!

Any suggestions for next weeks mystery dish?

If so please leave suggestions in the comments area!  Thank you so much!!

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