Green Corn Tamales
Yield: 24 Servings
12 Ears of fresh white or yellow corn
1 lb Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
1 lb Pure lard
1/2 lb Butter
1/2 c (scant) sugar
1/4 c Light cream, or more
2 Green chiles, parched and peeled
1 lb Cheddar or Longhorn cheese
1. Chop stalk end of each ear of corn flush with the base of the ear. Shuck, being careful
to keep corn husks intact for later use. Wash husks, and drain.
2. Cut corn off cobs. Grind corn with the Jack cheese in a meat grinder, blender or food
3. Cream lard and butter to a smooth and fluffy consistency with an electric mixer at
medium speed. Add the ground corn and cheese mixture, sugar, cream and salt to taste.
Continue to mix with the electric mixer until mixture looks like whipped cream. Add more
cream if mixture is dry.
4. Cut the roasted green chiles into long strips. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the corn
mixture on each corn husk. Spread mixture out into a rectangle and allow at least 2 inches
of husk to extend below the corn mixture and a few inches of margin on both sides of the
husk. Place about 2 strips of green chile down the center of the corn mixture, then
sprinkle with a few pinches of the grated Cheddar cheese.
5. Hold the two sides of the tamale together to make the corn mixture fold up around the
filling. Then tuck one edge of the husk over the top of the tamale and roll, tying the
ends with strips of corn husks. If preferred, the bottom end of the husk can be folded up
before rolling. If you plan to freeze the tamales, freeze them at this point.
6. Place the tamales upright on a rack in a pressure cooker or large steaming kettle.
Before the rack is completely filled with tamales, pour 1 to 2 cups water into the bottom
of the pan, about 1/2 inch deep.
7. Steam at 15 lbs. pressure for 25 minutes, or in a conventional steamer for 45 minutes.
Serve warm with Green Chile Sauce, plain, or with beef, pork or chicken added. These may
be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Source: Jane Butel
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