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Christmas tamales from Blue Goose Cantina

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Blue Goose Tamales from
Hispanic families have always gathered together to make this special meal during the holidays. We hope you use this recipe to gather your family and create a new holiday tradition as well.

Makes 16 Tamales

Tamale Filling:
4 cups shredded chicken (or whole 1 lb rotisserie chicken)
1 cup prepared salsa verde (see below)
1 Jar Jalapenos
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
Tamale Dough:
2 cups masa harina
1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup lard
1 (8 ounce) package dried corn husks

Salsa Verde:
2 lb tomatillos
1 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 Jalapeño peppers OR 2 Serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped
Salt to taste

Making the Tamales
·    Soak the corn husks in a bowl of warm water. In a large bowl, beat the lard with a tablespoon of the broth until fluffy. Combine the masa harina, baking powder and salt; stir into the lard mixture, adding more broth as necessary to form a spongy dough.
·    In a separate bowl mix the shredded chicken with 1 cup of the Salsa Verde
·    Spread the dough out over the corn husks to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place one tablespoon of the chicken filling into the center, add a little Jack cheese and 3-4 jalapenos. Fold the sides of the husks in toward the center and place in a steamer. Steam for 1 hour.
·    Remove tamales from husks and drizzle remaining verde sauce over.
Making the Salsa Verde
·    Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well.
·    Place tomatillos in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove tomatillos with a slotted spoon.
·    Place tomatillos, lime juice, onions, cilantro, chili peppers, sugar in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Try Doubling or tripling the tamale dough portion of this recipe and get creative with fillings and sauces.

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