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August Kitchen Challenge: Tamales

August 2014 Kitchen Challenge: Tamales

Making tamales never really crossed my mind before, at least until I saw bags of corn husks in a local international market. Something lit up and since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them.

I’ll admit, my experience to tamales is limited, mainly to the frozen green chili cheese tamales at Trader Joe’s. While I could eat those daily, I cannot remember ever having truly authentic tamales (related: anyone in Nashville know where to get legit tamales? For, you know, research).

Once you’ve made the dough and mastered the wrapping process (basically corn husk origami), the biggest question is, what are you going to fill them with? Pork (carnitas) is probably the most traditional, but I want to see you get creative! I know I can think of a hundred things you could fill these with, from meat to vegetables, even fruit I imagine could work (10k bonus points for anyone who does a dessert tamale!)

Let’s just say this challenge is a hot one!

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