My Mother in law is a great cook. When she comes over to visit us she pampers us with her culinary gifts. Indeed it is a great opportunity to enjoy her gastronomic creations and Hispanic dishes. Last time she visited us, we did not have time for Mexican Tamales. We were craving them, so I went ahead and made them myself. To care for my family’s heart, I took the traditional recipe for tamales and gave it a small but important twist. The end result was Delicious Mexican Tamales in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Making the Mexican Tamales was much easier than what I thought it would be. Here are all the details on how I made them so you can try making them at home too:
- 1.5 cups of corn flour for tamales
- .5 cup of Corn Oil
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 1 jalapeno cut julienne style
- 1 strip of mozzarella cheese per tamal
- a pinch of baking powder
- salt to taste
- 1 corn husk per tamal
- leave the corn husk to soak in water for 10 minutes
- Mix the cornflour with the baking powder
- Slowly add the oil and chicken broth until you obtain a thick mass.
- Leave the resulting mass breathe for 15 minutes.
- Place the corn husk on a flat surface and spread over it onetablespoonn of the mass.
- Add the jalapeno and the cheese.
- Roll the corn husk, and fold the smaller opening of the tamal.
- Place the the tamales in a steamer with the folded side face down, and cook for an hour.
- After an hour, remove the tamales from the steamer and let them cool down a bit to serve.
The original recipe that my mother in law had given me called for pork lard. To care for my family’s heart and overall health, I replaced the lard for Mazola® Corn Oil. I did it because corn oil helps our hearts keep healthy. A recent research study found that corn oil helps lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Plus, Mazola® Corn Oil enhances the flavors of our traditional meals and gives our families the taste they love.
We are truly enjoying our home made Delicious Mexican Tamales. Is there any Latin cuisine dishes you would like to eat? What Hispanic recipes do you prepare to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?