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Cumin Pork-Potato Filled Tamales

Type: Pork
Serves: 16 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
1 lb 454g / 16ozPork butt - cut into small
  Dice (1/2- to 3/4-inch)
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozChopped onion
1 teaspoon 5mlMinced garlic
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCayenne pepper
2 teaspoons 10mlCumin
1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
3/4 cup 46g / 1.6ozChopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups 219g / 7.7ozPeeled, 1-inch-diced potatoes
2 cups 474mlStock or broth
16   Dried corn husks - soaking in water
1   Basic Tamale Dough - see * Note
  Green Salsa - see * Note

Recipe Instructions

* Note: See the "Basic Tamale Dough With Sweet Roasted Corn" and "Green Salsa" recipes which are included in this collection.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil until it ripples, add the pork and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, pepper, cumin and salt. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, potatoes and the stock, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until the meat is very tender. The liquid will absorb and the mixture will become slightly "stewed". The pork should be tender and moist. If more liquid is needed, add a little at a time. Remove from the heat and cool.

Remove the husk from the water and dry with a clean towel. Place 2 tablespoons of tamale dough in center. Spread within 1/2-inch of the wide end and halfway toward the pointed end. Put 1 heaping tablespoon of meat filling in the center of tamale. Fold sides of husk towards center to overlap. Fold pointed end toward the filling. Repeat with the remaining husks.

Put 2 cups of water into a large pan with a rack. Arrange the tamales, seam side down on the rack. Cover with foil and top the foil with a clean towel to catch to excess moisture. Put a lid on the pan, bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and steam for 45 minutes.

Serve with a Green Salsa. To serve, peel back the husk and dip in.

This recipe yields 16 tamales.

ESSENCE OF EMERIL with Emeril Lagasse - From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # EE-2185 broadcast 05-06-1997) - Downloaded from their Web-Site -


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