Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November -Sharing recipes & Holiday memories

Variety they say, is the Spice of Life! Never is that more true than in this wonderfully diverse country of ours Today we're sharing recipes that celebrate the beauty of our diversity! These come from a long-time subscriber (thank you!) and former Home Economics teacher (Teachers rock!!)

The making of the tamale is briefly spreading a prepared corn husk with the masa dough, putting the filling in the center, then folding the husk around the food to make a little packet. Stack the packets in a tamale steamer and cook until firm. (For step by step photos of how-to consult any Mexican food recipe book).

What makes our tamales unique is that we put brown sugar in the dough. They are sweeter than original ones.

In a hot skillet with 2 T lard (substitue with cooking oil) saute 1 medium chopped onion. Blend in 2 C cooked shredded turkey (lean pork can be used) 1 small can diced green chilies/3 T raisins/ 2 T chopped black olives and 2/3 C red chili sauce (substitute with enchilida sauce). Simmer for 30 minutes while you are preparing the dough.

1 1/3 (2/3 #) lard
4 C Masa Harina (Do not substitute-must use this type of flour)
2 tsp salt
2 2/3 C warm poultry broth (or substitute with water)

Whip the lard until fluffy. Blend in the masa flour, salt, and broth until the dough holds together well.

Makes 6 C for 40 tamales.
*Can I get a YUM!!!???
And top these off with this refreshing and easy desert!

Blend together 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 5 T tequilla, 5 T. Triple Sec, and 1/2 C fresh lime juice.

Fold in 2 C heavy cream, beaten stiff and the zest of 1 lime. Pour into a Graham cracker crust. Freeze 4 hours. Serve with thin lime slices or if served at Christmas time put in a couple of drops of green food coloring while blending and top with a couple of red maraschino cherries.
*(Note: I never had my students make this-you can see why) Is very rich and yummy
Delighted however, you chose to share it with us! It sounds amazing!
Happy holidays, Joy to you and yours this season!!