Pork and Red Chile Tamales
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 24 tamales
These are some of the most common tamales in the Southwest. They can be found in restaurants, cafes and in the coolers toted by strolling vendors. Everybody loves them, so make a bunch and freeze any leftovers. This recipe makes enough pork filling to make another batch of tamales, but you can always just use the extra pork for burritos.
  • 1 recipe Basic Masa (recipe follows)
  • 2½ pounds boneless pork butt, trimmed of excess fat
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 recipe New Mexico Red Chile Sauce (recipe follows)
  • At least 36 softened corn husks, plus 36 strips for tying
  1. Arrange the pork butt in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stockpot. Add the garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt. Pour over it enough cold water to cover by several inches. Turn the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, about 2 hours.
  2. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and allow it to rest 20 minutes. Using 2 forks, shred the meat. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of the shredded pork with enough red chile sauce to thoroughly moisten the meat.
  3. Place the corn husks in a pan of hot water (enough to cover), and let them soak for an hour. Before using a husk, blot the extra water from the surface. It's ok if they are damp, just not dripping wet. This will make it easier to spread the masa.
  4. Assemble and steam the tamales, following the instructions above.
  5. Serve with the remaining New Mexico Red Chile Sauce on the side, so people can unwrap their tamale and spread it with sauce.
Recipe by Burn Blog at http://www.burn-blog.com/4902/tamale-making-how-to/