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Mexican Red Pork Tamales As Made By Edna Peredia

by Matthew Johnson featured in Homemade Tamales Around Latin America

Ingredients

for 16 servings

For Wrapping

  • 1 bag dry corn husk
  • hot water, for soaking

Tamales

  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • ½ small white onion
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles, dried
  • 2 dried pasilla chiles
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups
    water, divided, plus 1 tablespoon (960 mL)
  • 2 teaspoons
    salt, plus more to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon
    ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons
    canola oil
  • 3 lb
    pork shoulder, cubed (1.5 kg)
  • 1 teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon
    baking powder
  • ¾ cup
    lard (145 g)
  • 2 lb
    fresh corn masa (905 g)
  • salsa verde, for serving

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Preparation

  1. Place the dry corn husks in a baking dish. Pour hot water over the husks to cover. Weigh the husks down so they are completely submerged and let soak for 2 hours, or until pliable.
  2. Add the tomatoes, onion, guajillos, pasillas, garlic, and 4 cups (960 ml) of water to a small pot. Cover, bring to a boil, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.
  3. Transfer the vegetables to a blender, Add salt and pepper to taste, the cumin, and about ½ cup (60 ml) of the cooking liquid. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and season with salt and pepper. Fry the pork until well-browned and most of the fat has evaporated. Drain any excess fat, if necessary.
  5. Add the sauce to the pan with the pork, bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda, baking powder, and 1 tablespoon water. Stir to dissolve, then set aside.
  7. Add the lard to a large bowl. With an electric hand mixer, whip the lard until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the masa and baking soda mixture and mix with your hands until smooth, about 5 minutes. It should be spreadable but still hold its shape.
  9. Drain the soaked corn husks.
  10. Place 1 husk on a clean surface and add 1-2 tablespoons of masa to the center of the husk. Spread with the back of the spoon to about ¼ inch (¾ cm) from the edges.
  11. Place 1 tablespoon of meat in the center. Roll the corn husk over the filling from left to right and fold the top down to create a little pocket. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  12. Place the tamales, open ends up, in a steamer basket set over a large pot of boiling water. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and the lid. Let steam for 1 hour, then turn off the heat and let the tamales rest for 1 hour more.
  13. Unwrap the tamales and serve with salsa verde.
  14. Enjoy!
 

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