Variations Of The Fresh Tamale

Many of us love a good fresh tamale. For those of you who do not know what a tamale is, it is a traditional Mesoamerican dish that consists of a starchy dough that is called Masa, which is prepared in a leaf wrapper, which is not meant to be eaten. There are many variations of the Tamale, but fresh ones are the best. They can be filled with many great fillings, such as cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, or any combination that you can think of. Here we will discuss some of the best variations for Tamales that you can make yourself at home.

The Masa Dough

To begin making any fresh tamale, you will need a dough recipe. There are many great recipes out there that are suitable, one just needs to find one according to their likes and preferences. One of the simplest doughs to make is combining 5 cups warm water with 6 cups of Masa harina. Let the dough mixture rest for about 25 minutes, then add in 3 tablespoons onion powder, 2 tablespoons Cumin, 1and a half teaspoons of salt, and 3 to 4 tablespoons Chili powder. Whip 2 cups of shortening with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix the shortening with the dough a bit at a time until all the shortening is incorporated into the dough. This Masa dough can be used for the recipes below.

After the dough is made, you will need to also prepare the corn husks. Begin by soaking the corn husks in warm water for 30 minutes. Remove from water and pat dry. Add a spoonful of dough to the husk then spread around. Add the desired fillings, and fold the husk around the dough, tie with additional corn husk, and get ready to steam your tamale. Steaming your tamale should take about 90 minutes.

Authentic Fresh Tamale

The Authentic tamale incorporates shredded beef into the mix. Add some store bought or homemade chile sauce to spice things up a bit. Add potatoes that have been boiled and cut into chunks to make the meat filling go further. Add some taste by mixing in jalepenos, white onions, garlic, and lots of roasted chili peppers.

Shredded Chicken, Fresh Tamale

This recipe is wonderful for all the chicken lovers out there. Combine shredded cooked chicken with fresh corn, diced tomatoes and red chile sauce. The chicken can also be seasoned with hoja santa to give it more flavor and kick.

Cheesy Black Bean Fresh Tamale

This recipe is perfect for the vegetarians out there. Combine black beans with some liquid from the beans, cilantro, onion and shredded Mexican Cottage Cheese (Queso panela). A perfect meal for anyone that loves cheese and beans.

Lobster Fresh Tamale

Let lobster tantalize your tongue! Combine cooked lobster with shredded cheese of your choice, add chopped cilantro and a special sauce (a quarter cup heavy cream mixed with a quarter cup of mayo that has been seasoned with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon garlic powder). This combination is sure to make your mouth happy.

As you can see there are many great variations of the fresh tamale. One can use traditional recipes, or can pretty much create their own with ingredients they have lying in their kitchen. Feel free to add extras to each variation, such as shrimp in the Lobster, fresh tamale, or pinto beans in with the black beans. Experimenting with different cheeses is also acceptable. Or for the shredded chicken tamale, you may wish to substitute shredded pork for the chicken. Tamales are a great food and can easily be mixed up to create even more fresh tamales flavors.

About the Author

This article is written by Janice who is a food critic who loves to try new food and blog about it.

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