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Black Bean And Plantain Tamale Filling

Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon 15mlPeanut oil
1/2 tablespoon 7.5mlOnion - finely chopped (small)
2   Garlic cloves - minced
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlAnise seed - (fennel seed)
1   Bay leaf - crushed
1 1/2 cups 355mlBlack beans - cooked with broth
  (see recipe for pot beans - basic)
1   Plantain - ripe, peeled (medium)
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt

Recipe Instructions

Makes 2 cups, enough for 12 tamales.

In Oaxaca, black bean filled tamales are wrapped in banana leaves and seasoned with avocado leaves. To approximate the flavor, combine plantain pulp with black beans and season the mixture with anise seed and bay leaf.

Heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the onion, garlic, anise seed and bay leaf, and saute over medium heat until the onion is wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, add the beans, plantain, and salt and puree as fine as possible. Use right away or cover and refrigerate overnight (not longer).

"Vegetarian Table: Mexico" by Victoria Wise


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