Recipe courtesy of Jacob's Creek
Mushroom Tamale (for the Masa dough):
- 4 cups water
- 3½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ¾ cup lard or butter
- 6 cups Massa (Maseca brand)
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pack dried cornhusk (about 8 inches long)
Pico de Gallo
- 5 Vine ripen tomatoes
- ½ Medium Red onion
- ¼ bunch or 1 cup Coriander
- 1 Fresh lime juice and zest
- ½ Jalapeno
- Grey salt
- Olive oil
- To make masa, beat shortening on medium speed in a large bowl for 1 minute.
- In a separate bowl, stir together masa baking powder and 2 teaspoons salt.
- Alternately add masa mixture and broth to shortening, beating well after each addition. (Add just enough broth to make a thick, creamy paste.)
- In the meantime, soak corn husks in warm water for at least 20 minutes; rinse to remove any corn silk and drain well.
- To assemble each tamale, spread 2 tablespoons of the masa mixture on the center of the corn husk. (Each husk should be 8 inches long and 6 inches wide at the top. If husks are small, overlap 2 small ones to form one. If it is large, tear a strip from the side.)
- Place about 1 tablespoon mushroom and sauce mixture in the middle of the masa. Fold in sides of husk and fold up the bottom.
- Place a mound of extra husks or a foil ball in the center of a steamer basket placed in a Dutch oven.
- Lean the tamales in the basket, open side up.
- Add water to Dutch oven just below the basket. Bring water to boil and reduce heat. Cover and steam 40 minutes, adding water when necessary.
- To freeze these for future meals, leave them in the husks and place them in freezer bags. To reheat, thaw and wrap in a wet paper towel and reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes for one or two, or re-steam them just until hot.
Pico de Gallo
- Quarter the tomatoes, remove the seeds and cut into small dice.
- Fine dice the red onion.
- Half the Jalapeno and chop with the coriander and the grey salt until it’s starting to bleed or the juices begin to run out.
- Mix all ingredients win a mix bow.
- Taste and add more chilli, salt or lime juice as needed.
- Take it out of the fridge before serving.
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