We’re in the full swing of the holidays! Thanksgiving dinner is under our belt and Noche Buena and Christmas morning is in our sights. The tree is up, the lights are twinkling, the garland is strewn, and we’re headed back into the kitchen to cook up dish after dish of delicious classics. To keep us inspired, we’re putting a TLK twist on the classic song 12 Days of Christmas. You know the one with 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping...all the way down to the partridge in the pear tree!
We’ve already covered 12 Tasty Tacos and shared our 11 Favorite Flans. Today we’re moving on to holiday staple: 10 types of tamales! It’s time to gather round family and friends, stock up on masa harina (this is our favorite), mix up some cocktails, and sit down to make a towering pile of tamales to last you the whole season.
Ready, set...sing (and cook)!
Tamales are a typical offering for Day of the Dead (and general holiday) feasts. These corn tamales are kinda sweet, kinda spicy, but completely amazing. Anaheim chiles balance out the sweet corn and cheddar cheese to make salty sweet bites everyone will love. After the spirits have taken their share, help yourself to the leftovers.
During the holidays, it can be hard to meet everyone's dietary needs while simultaneously putting out delicious dishes. Not with this vegan recipe. With fresh green jalapeño, bright green cilantro, and toasted pine nuts, these festive pockets are packed with flavor that will please the whole family, vegans and non-vegans alike!
Chef, cookbook author, and TV personality, Bobby Flay of Mesa Grill brings his creative flair to this Latin classic by adding a roasted garlic sauce infused with white wine and heavy cream to succulent shrimp tamales for a rich and gift-wrapped Christmas surprise!
These sugary tamales are made with Mexican chocolate and raspberry preserves! Easy to make and easy to eat, these are possibly the best sweets to ever be gift-wrapped for the Christmas season. Save these for dessert or make the masa ahead of time and cook them as a sweet late night snack, either way, memories will be made and smiles will be shared.
Authentic Mexican hot chocolate in tamal form? This recipe is a great way to get kids in the kitchen and interested in cooking (or at least temporarily distracted from their video games.) They'll love its rich chocolate taste and the adults will love the depth of flavor the spicy cayenne adds to the masa.
With it's American corn masa and Middle-Eastern and Spanish flavors like raisins, olives, and capers, this tamal de olla brings together traditional flavors or Latin American cooking while also bringing your family together for a great meal. Slightly easier to make (um, a lot easier) but with the classic tamal flavors, this is a great holiday meal if you've spent a little too much time Christmas shopping...