Blue Corn Tamales Recipe

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  1. Place the corn husks, separated as best you can, into a deep baking dish. Cover with boiling water and put a plate on the top to keep them submerged. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. After they have softened, rinse them under running water and remove and corn silk that clings to them. Set them upright in a deep bowl and cover with a damp cloth.
  2. While the corn husks are soaking, make the tamale dough. Pour the hot water into the masa and mix well; allow to cool. With a mixer (or by hand) whip the lard until it is fluffy, add the baking powder and combine well.
  3. Add the masa in 3 or 4 additions, beating well before adding more. Add the chicken stock a little at a time until you have a soft dough. Add the salt. Test the dough, put a small amount into a glass of cold water, it should float; if it doesn't beat a little bit longer. Allow to set while you make the filling.
  4. In a small bowl mix together the poblano pepper, corn and jack cheese. (When I made them, I sauteed the poblano in some oil and butter first, but found that it was an unnecessary step, 3 hours of steaming took care of any cooking that needed to be done :-) )
  5. Now make your tamales: ( I used the double tie method, there are a number of them you can use, but this one made a nice little package and I was able to lay them down in my steamer) Lay the softened husk on the counter, you may need to use more than one if they are small, overlap them. Take a couple of tablespoons of the masa and plop it onto the husk keeping it about 1 inch from the top ( the wide part) and at least as far from the bottom. Spread it out leaving an edge. Put a tablespoon of filling in the center. Now, fold side A over to side B and pull back to the center, put side B over as far as you can, you should have a nice package with the masa nicely folded over your filling. Tear a husk into strips and use these to tie both ends, rolling them slightly so the masa and filling are tied nicely in the middle. Continue until you have used up all your masa and filling.
  6. Now, take the leftover husks and line a steamer with them; place the tamales, criss cross stacked, on the husks, cover with additional husks (this keeps the water from the steam off the tamales as they cook); put the steamer over simmering water; cover and let them cook until they are firm, adding hot water to the steamer as needed. (Trick - put marbles into the pot when you start out, if the water gets low, the marbles will make noise and let you know that you need to add water).
  7. I'm not a tamale expert, this is only my second time making them; so every recipe I read said to steam them from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. And they were talking about full sized tamales, and these were just little ones, and so on hour 2 I was getting a little worried as they weren't firm. So I did some research and found that most all of the people who commented said that it almost always took 3 hours to cook them. I shut mine off at hour 3 and let them sit and cool in the pot for about a half an hour, and then they were firm. So LindySez - patience.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 408.75 Kcal (1711 kJ)
Calories from fat 234.08 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26.01g 40%
Cholesterol 40.25mg 13%
Sodium 295.56mg 12%
Potassium 138.45mg 3%
Total Carbs 35.57g 12%
Sugars 3.25g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.86g 7%
Protein 9.03g 18%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 153.6mg 15%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 247.09 Kcal (1035 kJ)
Calories from fat 141.5 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.72g 40%
Cholesterol 24.33mg 13%
Sodium 178.66mg 12%
Potassium 83.7mg 3%
Total Carbs 21.5g 12%
Sugars 1.97g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.12g 7%
Protein 5.46g 18%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 0.7mg 6%
Calcium 92.8mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 10
  • 11

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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