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Old 01-09-2014, 02:53 PM   #11
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Is this served/made without meat or is this recipe just for the dough?
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:09 PM   #12
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You can make them either way. This recipe is just for the dough. I like to use shredded cooked chicken or pulled pork, mixed with a little salsa, for the filling. 1-2 tbsp. of filling will do it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:01 PM   #13
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You can make them either way. This recipe is just for the dough. I like to use shredded cooked chicken or pulled pork, mixed with a little salsa, for the filling. 1-2 tbsp. of filling will do it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:50 PM   #14
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Make sure that the mixture is spreadable. Also, do not skimp on lard. I tried to make my tamales more low-fat and added more liquid and steamed to re-heat. That was the time they would pull moisture from my mouth.

I've used parchment and corn husks as wrappers. Both work well.
I agree completely about the lard. Tamales aren't health food. Fat is an important part of the dish and will help keep them moist.

We have a Mexican mercado down the street that sells corn husks. But before they moved into the area I made them wrapped in foil and it worked fine.
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:30 PM   #15
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While I'd love to scratch-make some Tamales (one of my favorite foods) I'm too busy and too lazy to even attempt it yet. Besides, we have a small Mexican grocery in town that sells them for a buck apiece and I couldn't equal them in flavor or texture. Yum.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:38 PM   #16
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While I'd love to scratch-make some Tamales (one of my favorite foods) I'm too busy and too lazy to even attempt it yet. Besides, we have a small Mexican grocery in town that sells them for a buck apiece and I couldn't equal them in flavor or texture. Yum.
I need to find a store in my area that sells them for a buck! No way I'd make them if I could get them (good fresh ones) that cheap.

edit: I think I just found one! Google your city/town and mercado.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:30 PM   #17
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While I'd love to scratch-make some Tamales (one of my favorite foods) I'm too busy and too lazy to even attempt it yet. Besides, we have a small Mexican grocery in town that sells them for a buck apiece and I couldn't equal them in flavor or texture. Yum.
Me too, although they have gone up to $2.00 each.
They are worth every cent.

However, I never eat tamales without some sort of Mexican sauce on top, as they are by nature just to dry for me.
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We're lucky to have a bunch of local Hispanic women who sell their tamales to local school personnel and businesses really cheap. And they're really good!
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Me too, although they have gone up to $2.00 each.
They are worth every cent.

However, I never eat tamales without some sort of Mexican sauce on top, as they are by nature just to dry for me.
All the ones I've bought, with the exception of a local restaurant, dry and didn't have much flavor. The ones I made from scratch, with some lightly crushed corn kernels in the dough, weren't dry at all.
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Tamales

Tamales are good with juice from a lemon on top. If you find them to dry!
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