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Tamales

By The Editors

Published March 7, 2024

Making tamales doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little planning, you can have this traditional treat at hand.

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Start the night before, setting the husks to soak overnight. The next day, mix the masa marina with some chicken stock, lard, salt and baking powder. Lay the mixture onto the husks along with shredded meat, wrap and steam them in a rack. It’s a perfect project for the intermediate home cook, hoping to broaden a skill set. If it feels like a lot, invite a friend over, crack open a couple of beers and make it a party.

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