Monday, March 1, 2010


Yesterday, I slaved away in the kitchen for about 2 hours, and what do I have to show for it?? Twenty-two amazingly delicious homemade tamales!!!! They are SO yummy, and SO worth the time and effort!!

I used a recipe from my new copy of Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook (a must-have for all vegans!!) called "Everyday Chipotle-Vegetable Tamales."

I won't cite the exact recipe here, but I'll give you the highlights!! The dough was completely authentic requiring masa harina corn flour - tastes just like all the tamales I've ever eaten! The filling was a magnificent concoction including bell pepper, onion, carrot, beans, corn, and chipotle peppers in adobe sauce!!!

Making the dough and filling was super-easy and very quick. It's the assembly that requires a whole village! It took me a while to find a system and a method that really worked well for me. So, next time (Oh, yes! There will be a next time!!), I think it will go much faster and smoother, plus I will double the recipe and make lots of extra, since they freeze so well!

It also took longer than need be because I used our veggie steamer/rice cooker instead of going out and buying a large steamer basket. Our steamer only held about 8 tamales, so I did them in 3 batches. Might invest in a steamer basket, and start making tamales for a living!! Ha!!

I liked them so much that I had one for a morning snack today!!! Let me know if you'd like a copy of the recipe!!