1st Annual Tamalada

17 Dec

It's gettin' hot in here...

I decided that this year would be the year I attempted tamales. I’ve always been fond of the masa wrapped, lard filled, Mexican tradition. My mother-in-law has a very high opinion of them, but not on how pricey they’ve become over the years. A dozen will run you at least $15. So, to feel more like a Garcia and check it off my list…I decided to host a tamalada (tamale making party) the second week of December.

We (Catie and I) did most of it from scratch. The pork we  made the day before, but the masa we pre-ordered from a Mexican store in town. We made a homemade chili paste which we seasoned the meat and masa with and began rolling. The actual rolling of the tamales wasn’t the hard part, it was the cooking process. Steaming more than 10 dozen tamales took most of the day. By the time I had  taken the last batch off I was exhausted and my kitchen was a wreck. But after bundling them up, half dozen in each bundle, and putting them in my freezer, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I sent all my friends… who stopped by to cheer me on that day..home with at least a dozen tamales (of course they had to bring me a bottle of wine in return)

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