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Tamale Skool


 

Robert-R

TVWBB Diamond Member
Feeling the need for advanced education and personal growth (my waistline), I registered for a tamale making class.
It was hosted by a Hispanic supermarket in town - Northgate Market.

People began lining up early for the event.

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The instructor along with 3 assistants greeted her students and made everyone feel very welcome.

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The level of organization and planning was amazing. Everyone's work station included an apron, hairnet, masa spreader, corn husks, 2 kinds of masa (one for meat fillings and one pineapple), 2 different fillings (beef and pork) and waxed paper.

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One of several displays showing items for making tamales.

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After showing us how to pick the correct side of the corn husks and spread the masa, she demonstrated adding the fillings.

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And folding the husk around the filling.

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My first pork tamale in progress:

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The instructor explained how to steam them, the assistants served several plates of tamales (my favorite was a pineapple with vanilla ice cream topped with dulce de leche) and everyone of age a small glass of Cerveza Modello and Chelada. Class then adjourned. Everyone left the store with a goody bag with an apron, masa spreader, hairnet, the tamales we made and several coupons.

Immediately after getting home, I crossed my fingers and began steaming the tamales.

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About an hour and 20 minutes later...

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Robert-R

TVWBB Diamond Member
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2 of 4 of my first tamales! My wife got the pineapple and the other pork one.

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The one on the left got steamed with the ends switched, so the filling ran out of it a bit. Still tasted great.

I am now a certified expert tamale maker.

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Have planned a tamale party for when family is here for the holidays. Good times!!!

I've got some seasoned shredded smoked brisket, pork and beef in the freezer I can't wait to use for fillings.
 
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Lynn Dollar

TVWBB Gold Member
Me too, I love tamales ............ I wonder, did they pronounce tamale as .............. tamal ............ or tamalee , with an ee sound on the end?

Was watchin " Pati's Mexican Table " on PBS Create .......... and she pronounced it tamal , without the E sound on the end.
 

Robert-R

TVWBB Diamond Member
Me too, I love tamales ............ I wonder, did they pronounce tamale as .............. tamal ............ or tamalee , with an ee sound on the end?

Was watchin " Pati's Mexican Table " on PBS Create .......... and she pronounced it tamal , without the E sound on the end.

She pronounced it as tamalee. I've seen/heard it both ways around here. Even on restaurant menus.
 

Rich Dahl

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
That had to be fun Robert. When we lived in California we had some good friends that were into making tamales and around this time of the year they would invite use to their home and we would spend the day making a whole lot of them. Good stuff.
 

Rolf Jacobsen

TVWBB Emerald Member
This is probably one of the best posts I've seen in a long time! If it was closer I would ask for this as a Christmas gift. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Lynn Dollar

TVWBB Gold Member
This thread made me hungry for tamale, so I made a run for a dozen, then had pork and chicken/jalapeno tamale with this porter

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Clint

TVWBB Olympian
I've had all the stuff to make tamales in my pantry for at least a year :)

What fillings do you think you'll do? I thought I'd try some chile colorado & chicken mole, shredded beef.

...chili relleno?

The little tamale shop / restaurant I used to go to is now sharing their kitchen so I have to watch for their facebook posts to see when they're there with specials.
 

Robert-R

TVWBB Diamond Member
I've had all the stuff to make tamales in my pantry for at least a year :)

What fillings do you think you'll do? I thought I'd try some chile colorado & chicken mole, shredded beef.

...chili relleno?

The little tamale shop / restaurant I used to go to is now sharing their kitchen so I have to watch for their facebook posts to see when they're there with specials.

I have seasoned and shredded brisket, chuck, chicken and pork butt in the freezer. Will def make a red sauce for the beef and a green for the chicken and pork. One of my favorites is jalapeno and cheese, so will make more than a few of those. And some pineapple/raisin. Maybe some strawberry/raisin.

I'm going to make it ez on myself and everyone else and purchase pre-made masa, several more masa spreaders and an extra ice cream scoop (makes portion control simple).
 

CaseT

TVWBB Diamond Member
We have some friends from New Mexico that live in our town now. Every year they throw a tamale making party. Everyone is assigned a station and the assembly line begins. They have three large tamale steamers going. Everyone that helps goes home with 20 tamales! Fun way to spend a day with friends or relatives.
 

Ethan G

TVWBB Super Fan
Looks great! I learned how to make them from my mom, she grew up in Mexico. Where I live there are plenty of Hispanic markets that have fresh Masa and all of the supplies. I usually make them for friends, neighbors, coworkers as Christmas gifts. This year I set aside the first and third weekends to make them - made nearly 600 red chile pork tamales!

To the question about pronunciation - tamal is singular and tamales is plural. No such thing as a tamale 😁
 

Barb D

TVWBB Hall of Fame
Robert, those look delicious. Like Rich said we haven't done that in years, it just may be time to do it again. Thanks for sharing your great cooking class.
 

Dave in KC

TVWBB Wizard
Our class was via youtube, and they took a trip down to the local Hispanic market for supplies.
We have made them a few times since as well. I fire up the WSM, smoke a pork butt for a couple hours, add red sauce
to complete the filling and finish off in the crock or Instant Pot.
 

Jim Lampe

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Very Cool!

Another Great post, Robert! You do the BEST things in life! Really! You Do!!
And your posts of your cooking are top-notch! My Favourites!
 

Mark B

TVWBB Pro
Very cool Robert ! I haven't had many tamales many times but I enjoy trying the different types when I get the chance.
 

 

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