Learn how to make this authentic Latin American treat.
Wrapped and steamed in leaves, tamales are a beautiful and delicious special occasion or holiday dish. In this video, you'll learn how to make tamales from scratch. Authentic tamales are essentially steamed cornmeal dumplings filled with flavorful fillings, like pork, beef, and chicken. Tamales arrive like a gift in a corn husk or banana leaf; maybe that's why they're a Christmas tradition. You'll learn all about traditional tamale fillings, like braised pork and beef, and get a glimpse of the endless variations, such as chicken, roasted vegetables, cheese, beans, or seafood. We'll show you all the tools you'll need to make them, including a Dutch oven, a large steamer, tongs, and spoons. Making tamales from scratch takes some time. To get started, you'll learn how to slow cook you're your meat with traditional seasonings and spices. You'll see how to prepare the husks to make them pliable, then you'll learn how to make the tamale masa, the cornmeal mixture that's essential to making tamales. You'll discover how to tell if your masa dough is moist enough. Then learn how to wrap up your tamales, combining the filling and the masa dough. Then see how to steam tamales in a steamer. Make a lot of tamales and freeze them; we'll show you how to wrap them up for storage.
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