This week I learned how to make delicious tamales and learned that making tamales is a Christmas Eve tradition among many Hispanic families and other folks in the South West. I love discovering delicious new holiday celebrations! Dora Stone made my first experience of making home-made tamales easy with her new ebook, Vegan Tamales Unwrapped: A Step-by-Step Guide to Savory and Sweet Tamales. I'm delighted to have received a copy for being on her blog tour and to be able to share her recipe with you. They were so good I couldn't stop thinking about them last night and can't wait to make another batch. I shared some with friends from Texas and here's what they said:
We just finished eating your tamales and we couldn't get enough! They were delicious! They were some of the best ones I've had! How are they vegan?? The texture was on point and seasoning superb!
Making this recipe is an event, one that can easily be shared with others. Have family and friends over to help spread the corn batter on dried corn husks, spoon in the rich filling, and then roll up and tie the tamales like little presents. If you make them on your own, it's a great chance to mediate on gratitude and generousity. Make tamales for party food, dinner, breakfast, or as a thoughtful gift from the kitchen.