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Homemade Tamales for Christmas-PICTURES!

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  1. mette56

    mette56 Well-Known Member

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    My wife Jimette, brother Jim and me with the 8 dozen made Christmas day. Truly an ancient authenic recipe using hog head, skin and ears. Our family has not made these since dad died in 1999. For decades, dad made these tamales for the Mexican Catholic Church Bazaar each year in Central Texas. An Italian cooking Mexican food for Mexicans...go figure.

    Will forward recipe to any interested parties via PM. Beware...it's an all day job!

    Happy New Year and Best Wishes to all...

    milt
     
  2. puablo

    puablo Well-Known Member

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    Happy New Year Milt, looks good! puablo
     
  3. Stonge

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    they look great!! Nothing better than family recipes. Would love to have it. Best wishes for the New Year! John
     
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    Looks good Milt. Your making me hungry for some Mexican food.

    Happy New Year

    Matt
     
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    A big pass on the hog head, skin, and ears. Might be good but NFW!
     
  6. senior smoke

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    Looks very good.
    Steve Balistreri
     
  7. 4EVRYOUNG

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    I have employed Mexicans for the last 15 years, and if your good to them the food is second to none!!! They do look good.
     
  8. Allen-MX8

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    Making me hungry! I haven't had any Tamales in years. Your listing of ingredients reminded me that my Mother and Grand-mother used to make "Hogs Head Cheese" and it was sure good. Used the meat from the hog's head, cornmeal and spices. Don't know the spices but the end result was sure good.

    Allen
     
  9. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    Darn I miss good homemade Tex-Mex...wonder if Dallas will take me back?
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

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    I'd like to make tamales, but can other pork be substituted for your recipe?
     
  11. kgp912kgp

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    Come on Brian try someting new.

    Pig ears and tongues and noses can't be that bad!!!!
     
  12. mette56

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    Brian,

    Yes! Our recipe calls for 50% pork butt. You can use 100% pork butt or mix pork with beef, beef, chicken or even veggies. I'll send you the recipe tomorrow and give you some options on the meat. The ears, head and skin add a texture that is authenic to old Mexico...especially central and southern Mexico (where tamales were invented)...that you won't find in commercial tamales purchased in a store or restaurant. Even here in Texas, the Mexicans rarely use all authenic ingredients.

    Recipe will be sent to all who asked for it tomorrow.

    Thanks,

    milt
     
  13. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Never had ancient tamales. Had an old hot dog once. Happy New Year, Jimette and Milt.
     
  14. mette56

    mette56 Well-Known Member

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    Barry,

    "Old hot dog"? That explains alot!

    Happy New Year to you and Kimmy too...

    milt
     
  15. Bruce Specht

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    Happy New Year Milt to you and your family. Can I get an order deliverd?
     
  16. Chango2

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    Typicaly wonderful food; in Los Angeles, Tamales with pineapple as one of the ingrediants are popular.

    Now consider the pig heads, ears, skin. Those are peasant (poor people cuts) I'd venture. "Poor People" food is often the best; it has to be, 'cause poor people had to take more time cooking, all else being equal, to make something mundane taste really good. Up for the less expensive parts of a pig in tamales outside of liver or kidneys.

    Up for Menudo soups, the English do the same thing, only with a dairy base. Remember Campbells Pepper Pot Soup! Good Menudo is to die for. (Tripe is a primary ingrediant.)

    So, therefore, I always order spaghetti and meatballs at Italian resturants; the simpler the food and the more mundane the ingrediants, the more demands upon the chef!

    Now we could talk about AAA/27 "poor people food" and that's Chinese. Whole 'nother subject.

    And inventive American campers do some pretty good stuff with Spam. But Spam only gets to "pretty good" at best!

    Happy New Year's to All!
     
  17. cubancigar2000

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    I pm'd you my email Milt. I will send you a kick butt Pozole recipe for it
     
  18. Brian in Oregon

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    Spam? I remember Spam and eggs for breakfast while camping as a kid. Also fried Spam sandwiches for lunch. We never had Spam at home. Only while camping.

    Spam is too salty for me now, even the lower sodium version. I've been getting small tins of ham and using it instead.
     
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    Thanks Milt, Received it and have it saved. The wife is

    shaking her head says she isn't going to help when I make them

    this summer or fall. She better help she doesn't like the cooking mess

    I make ! Ken U.
     
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