|Photo by: Jeff Foy Photography|
Why yes, yes it is. I was in charge of the sweet potatoes and rolls for our family holiday meal and thought to myself, "Self, I lived to tell the story of the red turkey at Thanksgiving and maybe I could test my luck by by making some kind of tamale this time?" I went looking for tamale recipes that included sweet potatoes and I found what I was looking for in a recipe from Bobby Flay, I made a few alterations based on a Peruvian recipe I found in an old book and added a squishy homemade marshmallow, my sister-in-law likes sweet potatoes that way, and I had a tamale that I thought was super yummy. One note about the original Bobby Flay recipe is that, as written, it has no sweet potatoes in it and instead calls for pumpkin puree. All I can say is that it worked out great with sweet potatoes but I used additional masa to guarantee that it steamed correctly.
|Lots of corn husks|
|Tamale as it is being wrapped, notice the thickness of the masa mixture|
|Wrapped tamale. I didn't tie mine|
|Steamed and slathered with pecan butter. This one is minus marshmallow Photo by: Jeff Foy Photography|
I also tried more savory, chicken and cheese tamale steamed in parchment. They were pretty good and a bit easier, as far as not having to work with the corn husks. I have never been a huge fan of tamales but I actually kind of liked this version. The recipe I used was from Food and Wine and other than not using plastic wrap, I used parchment paper, they were pretty tasty.
As I mentioned earlier, I also made marshmallows for my sister-in-law to add on top of her sweet potato tamale. I made two kinds while I was at it, regular and peppermint. We have been adding the peppermint ones to our hot chocolate and I have to admit that I melt right along with the marshmallow when I taste it. Marshmallows are crazy easy to make and there is nothing better than fresh made because they are fluffier, softer and much more flavorful than the store bought kind. I used a Martha Stewart recipe and made a few minor changes to it. You can find the recipe with the changes here.
|both regular and peppermint marshmallows Photo by: Jeff Foy Photography|
Sweet Potato Tamales with Pecan Butter
Chicken and Cheese Tamales Steamed in Parchment
Two Kinds of Marshmallows
Maranda of Jolts & Jollies was our January 2012 Daring Cooks hostess with the mostess! Maranda challenged us to make traditional Mexican Tamales as our first challenge of the year!
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