Tamales are one of my favorite things in the world.
They’re a simple, gluten-free bread that is as easy to make as tossing together a few ingredients and steaming for a few hours. Once you get the basics down, the possibilities are endless! Fill it with anything from ground beef, stewed meats, or fresh veggies. Augment the dough with fresh corn, sweet potatoes, or even squash.
Today I decided to try a handheld snack version of the popular Mexican treat. Normally these are steamed and served in a corn husk, but mine are on a stick!
This tamale dough is butter, masa harina, salt, and water. Mix it up with your hands.
Make your favorite taco meat. Feel free to use a taco seasoning packet, or your favorite blend of spices with peppers and onions.
Don’t let not having a steamer stop you from making these! I just used a mesh strainer over a large pot of boiling water.
A little bit of tamale dough, some of the meat filling, and a little cheese.
Nice little balls filled with goodness.
After steaming for two hours they are nice and soft.
Give them a quick dredge in flour and toss ‘em into the fryer.
Serve with salsa! These things are awesome. Slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, and filled with savory meat!Dan Whalen sometimes thinks things that ain’t broken still need fixing. He has been blogging for almost 4 years at The Food in my Beard
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