RED CHILE PORK TAMALES RECIPE | FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN | FOOD …
Provided by: Food Network Kitchen
Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hours 10 minutes
Yield: 32 tamales
|1 tablespoon vegetable oil|
|1 medium onion, chopped|
|Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper|
|4 cups low-sodium chicken broth|
|6 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded|
|3 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded|
|3 dried pasilla chiles, stemmed and seeded|
|2 teaspoons ground cumin|
|2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano|
|6 cloves garlic|
|2 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, fat trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces|
|2 bay leaves|
|32 dried corn husks|
|1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar|
|10 ounces lard, such as Manteca|
|1/2 teaspoon baking powder|
|1/2 teaspoon chile powder|
|4 cups masa harina (instant corn flour) for tamales, such as Maseca Tamal|
|2 1/2 to 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth|
|Lime wedges, for serving, optional|
- For the braised pork: Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds black pepper and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and guajillo, ancho and pasilla chiles and bring to a boil. Cover, turn off the heat and let sit until the chiles have softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender with the cumin, oregano, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds black pepper and puree until very smooth.
- Pour the sauce back into the Dutch oven, then add the pork and bay leaves. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low to maintain a steady simmer and cook until the pork is very tender and the sauce is brick red, 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, soak the corn husks in a bowl of hot water, using a plate to keep them submerged, until pliable, about 1 hour.
- Discard the bay leaves from the pork, then shred the pork with 2 forks. Stir in the apple cider vinegar; taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly.
- For the masa dough: Beat the lard, baking powder, chile powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and light in texture, about 2 minutes. (Alternatively, use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.) Reduce the speed to low and add the masa harina. Once just incorporated, slowly add 2 1/2 cups of the chicken broth and mix until combined, 2 to 4 minutes. Test the dough by placing a 1/2-teaspoon dollop in a cup of cold water–it should float. If not, add the remaining 1/2 cup broth and mix until combined, about 2 minutes more. This will ensure that the masa dough is light and fluffy.
- Drain the husks and pat dry. Starting 1/2 inch from the wide end of a husk, spread about 3 tablespoons of the masa dough down the length of the husk, leaving a 1-inch border on the sides. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of the pork filling down the center of the dough, then fold in the sides of the husk, wrapping the dough around the filling. Fold up the narrow end of the husk. Repeat with the remaining husks, dough and filling.
- Set a steamer basket in a large pot filled with 1 to 2 inches of water. Arrange the tamales standing open-end up in the steamer. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and steam until the dough is firm, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the steamer and cool slightly before unwrapping. Serve with lime wedges if desired.
RED CHILI SAUCE (TO BE USED WITH TRADITIONAL TAMALES) RECIPE …
Total time: 1 hours 5 minutes
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 cups
|15 large dried chilies (such as Anaheim, New Mexico, California, or pasilla)|
|4 -5 garlic cloves|
|2 teaspoons ground cumin|
|1 teaspoon salt|
|2 teaspoons all-purpose flour|
|2 teaspoons olive oil or 2 teaspoons melted shortening|
- Remove stems and seeds from dried chili peppers.
- Place peppers in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast in 350°F oven for 2 to 5 minutes or until you smell a sweet roasted aroma, checking often to avoid burning.
- Remove from oven and soak in enough hot water to cover for about 30 minutes or until cool.
- Put peppers and 2 1/2 cups of the soaking water into a blender (save the remaining soaking water).
- Add garlic, cumin and salt.
- Cover and blend until smooth.
- In a 2-quart sauce pan, stir flour into oil or melted shortening over med heat until browned.
- Carefully stir in blended chili mixture.
- Simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. (If sauce gets too thick, stir in up to 1 cup of the remaining soaking water until you reach the desired thickness) Use this sauce for traditional tamales, recipe #15286.
- Note: When working with chilies, use rubber gloves to protect your skin, and avoid contact with your eyes. Wash hands throughly with soap and water to remove all of the chili oils.
Calories 39.5, FatContent 2.6, SaturatedFatContent 0.3, CholesterolContent 0, SodiumContent 585.6, CarbohydrateContent 3.9, FiberContent 0.8, SugarContent 0.9, ProteinContent 0.7