This will be a short post. So every year around the holiday season my family led by my mother prep to cook another of those amazing additions to cuisine by Mexican culture, Tamales. This year is no different and while some of us have heard of them or maybe think we have had some I'd like to show you guys what tamales are. Basically it is a comfort food made from corn (Maize) masa, fillings of various toppings, wrapped in a corn husk (or banana leaves but that is more South American-Yucatan Peninsula take on traditional tamales. They add a nutty flavor.) and steamed in a pot. Masa is basically mashed up hominy (corn) with added spices and/or seasonings. The fillings can be anything from pork or beef to cheese or vegetables.
Cylindrical (circular) tamales tend to be dessert tamales as they are usually filled with sweeter offerings like raisins and chocolate.
Rectangular tamales are the ones that tend to be filled with your meats, cheese, and other heartier toppings.
Now for a picture for my good friend Duncan Stormthief (and you twizards who do not know).
Merry Christmas one and all!