Daring Kitchen January - Tamales

Mahi Mahi Tamales

Mmm...tamales.  Love them - what a delicious treat for a chilly Canadian day.  I really enjoyed this challenge, although, once again the time slips by so quickly and I didn't get a chance to get the corn husks that are traditional when making this dish.  So, needing to add extra flavour, I decided to use some duck fat (of course I always have duck fat in the freezer).  For the corn husks, I substituted aluminum foil and parchment squares.  I must say that the results were wonderful, delightful and delicious!

Blog checking lines;  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!

Because I like cooking Mexican foods, I had some tomatillo sauce in the freezer, which I served with the tamales.  To make the meal complete I made a pot of black beans prepared simply - simmered slowly with whole habanero peppers and sliced onion.  During the last 30 minutes of simmering, I added some raw peppers, a pinch of cumin and some chopped cilantro stems.

I used the duck fat to replace the lard in the tamale mixture (can I just say WOW!).  I sauteed the fish and the aromatics in the duck fat as well.  Thanks for the inspiration Maranda.

Here is a link to the recipes provided by this month's host:  Recipe

Thankfully now available at local grocery stores - Freshco

I always have some of these in my freezer - Farm boy

Simmering pot of black beans for a side dish

Some of the aromatics for the fish - homemade tomato/tomatillo sauce

The mahi mahi from our vacation stash

Mahi mahi sauteed in duck fat - tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic
With the duck fat - to be mixed, then chicken stock added
Used an ice cream scoop to portion the dough



Ready for steaming in my makeshift steamer
Didn't have a pot either large enough or small enough - this is what I came up with
Freshly steamed mahi mahi tamale
Tres Yummy!
 Thanks again Maranda and see you all next month!  Buen provecho!

4 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! Those look amazing and with duck fat too! Looks like a fantastic meal. That's actually a different corn mix than tamales are made from--I bet they were super-light and fluffy with that. Now you need to make some arepas with the rest of it!

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  2. Yes - they were light and fluffy. That corn mix was recommended by a friend and it did the trick. We had some delicious arepas in NYC a couple of years ago...that is actually why I bought the mix when I saw it :-)

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  3. Great job! You did an amazing job of creating your own tamales!

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  4. Mmm... yummy
    Your tamales are so delicious, sure are very great with the fish, thanks for sharing.

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