Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tamales

Have you ever had fresh, homemade from scratch tamales? I'm talking about the kind where you make the mole sauce from 3 different kinds of peppers that you have to roast, soak and then grind in a blender. And you use fresh pork shoulder, and real masa with a secret ingredient that keeps it light and fluffy. I could tell you what the secret ingredient is but then I'd have to kill you.

We had friends over on New Year's day and made 7 dozen tamales. It takes all day and a whole team of workers, with everyone doing a different task. I was soaking corn husks all night before the party, then I was up at 6 am cooking then shredding the pork. It's lots of work, but oh, those tamales! Spicy with cumin and garlic and onions and peppers; and you wash them down with a good mexican beer-I prefer Negro Modelo. We had scottish shortbread cookies and Russian chocolates for dessert because that's what I had on hand-sounds weird but it was all tasy, rich in all the stuff your doctor would tell you to avoid. Sometimes you have to taste the "forbidden fruits" of life and just enjoy it-calories and cholesterol be damned!

7 comments:

greentigress said...

Damn, sounds good, I don't know if i even heard of TAmales?? I don't know what they are, but I really want some!

Stan said...

I know where I am going next year for New Years LOL they sound awesome.

BeachRunner said...

Holy moley, those sound so dang good! SO good. MMMMM MMMM good.

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had an excellent meal! I have never had a tamale.:(

Lily on the Road said...

Yummy, sounds great, but can't you just buy them?? Just kidding.

That is quiet the combo with Scottish shortbreads & Russian chocolates...

Bosco said...

Sounds delicious! BTW, while in California last time I visited a small town called Gilroy! I’ve been told there is a "garlic festival" in Gilroy each year and one of the specialty is "garlic ice-cream". Did you ever taste it?

SuperDave said...

I've never made tamales before, but for some weird reason ever woman in Tennessee has their own homemade recipes. Weird huh? in TN?
I always see them for sale on the bulletein boards.
BTW, that sounds really good right now!