Hot Tamale!

We ate tamales yesterday wrapped in banana leaves from our own back yard and mmm-mmm were they good.

tamales_wrA tamale is corn meal dough prepared with a filling inside, wrapped in either corn or banana leaves, tied like a cute little package, then cooked over steam.

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We bought the corn meal dough, still warm, from a lady here in Huayapam  on Friday morning.  First we prepared the chicken with sauce for the filling.

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Then we cut, washed, and dried the banana leaves into which we placed some of that corn masa and filling. To finish we folded a leaf around each tamale and tied it shut before cooking  in a baño Maria- for me a colander hanging over a pot of boiling water and fitted with foil as a lid to keep in the steam.  Afterward I let them cool before placing them in the fridge for Sunday’s lunch.tamale ready to eat_wr

They were easily heated in the microwave and enjoyed after church.

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