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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Here Today, Gone Tamale

Photo by: Jeff Foy Photography
Is that a marshmallow on top of that tamale?
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 tried the tamales with and without marshmallows and I think that I preferred them without but they were pretty darn good with some gooey, toasted marshmallow on top too.  Check out the recipe for the tamales with my alterations.

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
As always it was another fantastic challenge and I discovered a kind of tamale that I really really like.  Thank you Maranda!  Be sure to check out all of the other mouth-watering tamales that have been turned out over at the Daring Kitchen.

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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Barbara Bakes said...

Such a fun, creative tamale. Loved your teaser on the forum.

Rhonda said...

Your title was funny! What a great twist on the tamales..sweet potatoes and marshmallows...over the top! Catch ya tamale!

Ruth Ellis said...

Oh wow - my mind has been blown by the creativity in this! What an amazing twist, and flavour combinations

Valérie said...

Sweet tamales, how cool! Well done!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

You are so funny! The sweet tamales are actually next on my list! Great job!
Come see mine at

Claudia said...

So the filling was the tamale, very creative. And I liked the marshmallows on top.

Todd M said...

Wow - I've eaten a lot of tamales and would have never thought of taking it in that direction. Both versions look great.

Jo said...

I might need your sweet potato tamales to live next holiday season, what a great variation!

blepharisma said...

Sweet potato tamales! So crazy! They look great!

Mary said...

I've never tried sweet potatoes with marshmallows, but I would definitely go for one of those tamales! That is crazy! Actually, I've never made marshmallows, so I need to get on that.

shelley c. said...

Sweet potato tamales with pecan butter? I swear I almost drooled on the keyboard. What an awesome idea! I may just have to try that. And I love Martha's marshmallow recipe :) Great work on the challenge.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Thanks for all of the comments! I love that the sweet potato tamales are so different. Call it a moment of inspiration or call it a reason to make homemade marshmallows. Definitely a dish worth trying and if you hate it just eat the pecan butter!

My name is Andy. said...

While I will never understand the American need to pair marshmallows with sweet potatoes, your tamales look great!

chef_d said...

Wow, dessert tamales--what a great idea! They look super delicious and thanks for sharing the marshmallow recipes. Excellent job!

Jenni said...

Oh. My. Gosh. You are brilliant! Your tamales are fantastic!

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