Being the whitest, white girl I know, I thought I'd make tamales for our Christmas Eve celebration, as well as our McAllister family gathering. I have always loved eating them, and I found a recipe for Mini Tamales that seemed pretty easy, so I volunteered, well, actually just decided to make them without anyone asking me! Here is some pictures of the process, as well as the recipe. I am pretty impressed with myself, and am maybe not as white as I seem!! :)
Once the masa and other ingredients are all mixed, place 1 tablespoon into the center of the rinsed, damp corn husk. The first batch I used was with the prewashed packaged corn husks from Vallarta, and they seemed to work better than the dry ones you have to soak on your own from the general grocery store.
The first batch I used was with the prewashed packaged corn husks from Vallarta, and they seemed to work better than the dry ones you have to soak on your own from the general grocery store.
Then, fold the corn husk so that the masa is snugly wrapped in the middle.
Next, with strips of the prepared corn husks, tie the wrapped tamale, close to the filling
and snip off the access with kitchen scissors.
Once they are tightly wrapped and prepared, steam them for about 30 min. I don't have a "Tamale Steamer" so I just placed a cake cooling rack in a shallow skillet. I made sure the water level was just to the bottom of the cake rack. I put the lid on it, and let it steam, checking occasionally to make sure I didn't boil all the water away.
My littler helper!! If I'm in the kitchen, he is at my feet!!
Some of the tamales, ready to be steamed! I love how they are all different sizes!! :)
The finished product, a little mini tamale...sooo good!!