Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chicken Tamales


Many hispanic families make Tamales during Christmas time.  They are a traditional Christmas food.  This recipe comes from the Mejia family.
  • boil several chicken breasts.
  • Mix maseca (corn flour), a little bit of salt and the chicken broth (from the previous step) to make a dough.  Add water if necessary.  Consistency of not quite runny oatmeal.  mix well with your hands.
  • Make a salsa in the blender.  (chili (pepper), aqua (water), cebolla (onion), ajo (garlic))
  • shred chicken with hands
  • Put dough on corn husks, smooth out to have a thin layer over the bottom 2/3 of husk.  Don't put dough on the top part of the husk.
  • Put chicken and salsa in the center of the layer of dough on the husks.
  • Roll up.  Fold the part of the husk without dough up
  • Put water in the bottom part of a double boiler.
  • Put tamales on top with the open end facing up.
  • Cover, and boil for 1 and a half hours.

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