Tamales, anyone?

  1. Am I the only one who enjoys eating tamales during the holidays? Has anyone else on these forums even heard of tamales? In the places where I have lived (California and Texas), it is a holiday tradition in many Mexican-American households to bake tamales, since they are very time-consuming to make. TIA!

    By the way, I'm going to step away from the computer for a moment and warm up a couple of tamales that I purchased over the weekend from a coworker.
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  2. 59 Comments

  3. by   UM Review RN
    OK, I'll bite. What exactly is a tamale, how is it cooked, and what are the ingredients?
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    I LOVE tamales, but they're not a common holiday treat in the NE. Up until a decade ago everyone Hispanic was from Puerto Rico.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Click on this link: http://www.sonofthesouth.net/tamales/

    Th pictures and information appear rather accurate.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    The best Christman tamles I know of are made by the sister of a friend of ours who is a housekeeper at my hospital.
    We buy LOTS from her every year!

    The best I heard of my mother bought on a cold winter day in Amarillo from a street vender before I was born.
    She said that hot tame on a cold day was the best thing she had ever eaten.

    My DH said the same about White Castle burgers his Dad bought his kids on a cold Chicago day.
  7. by   sirI
    Have a lady down here who sells tamales during the holidays. Uses coffee cans to store them. And, they are EXcellent. Have had these often. In the restaurants in that area, they serve them as appetizers.
  8. by   nursemary9
    Quote from spacenurse
    The best Christman tamles I know of are made by the sister of a friend of ours who is a housekeeper at my hospital.
    We buy LOTS from her every year!

    The best I heard of my mother bought on a cold winter day in Amarillo from a street vender before I was born.
    She said that hot tame on a cold day was the best thing she had ever eaten.

    My DH said the same about White Castle burgers his Dad bought his kids on a cold Chicago day.



    Not only do I LOVE tamales, but also love those White Castle's.("SLIDERS"). That's what there called here.

    I used to work with a Nurse who made home-made tamales & would bring them for our Xmas pot-Luck!!

    You guys are making me hungry!!
  9. by   ElvishDNP
    Well, being married to a Mexican and spending years in a Hispanic church means lots of yummy tamales consumed. Trivia tidbit: the singular form is tamal. Just in case they ever ask it on Jeopardy!, you know.

    My favorites are the ones wrapped in a banana leaf instead of a cornhusk. It gives a different, very delicious, flavor.

    Anyone ever had pozole? Also a very good Mexican holiday dish. You can substitute the pork with chicken if you don't eat pork for whatever reason.
    http://www.texascooking.com/recipes/pozolesoup.htm
    Last edit by ElvishDNP on Dec 18, '07 : Reason: link to recipe
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Yep we do tamales at Christmas . . my sis-in-law is married to a Hispanic man. The whole family gets in on the making and eating.

    They are wonderful.

    steph
  11. by   UM Review RN
    Dumb question time? How do you eat them?

    Unwrap, discard corn husk, or go right to it, husk and all?
  12. by   SuesquatchRN
    Discard husk.

    Arwen, that posole looks a little - um - greasy.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Discard husk.

    Arwen, that posole looks a little - um - greasy.
    2 tablespoons of canola oil? Greasy?

    steph
  14. by   ElvishDNP
    Unwrap the husk.
    The first time I tried to eat it husk and all....not good.

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