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Tamales Mexican

(Savory Dishes From Other Countri) - (The Khaki Kook Book)

Take a pound of meat. Mutton, chicken, or beef may be used. It must be

cut in bits. If the meat has not sufficient fat, add crisco or butter,

or whatever one uses. Stew until meat is very tender. Into this soup add

a cup of tomato sauce or a cup of boiled and strained tomatoes highly

seasoned. Then stir in enough cornmeal to thicken it as for mush. Cook

for a few minutes and then turn all into a rice boiler or steamer, and

cook until the cornmeal loses its raw taste. When a little cool, add a

few raisins, ripe olives, almonds, or peanuts, the latter cut up fine.

Make pretty hot with cayenne, and also add a little pimento. Mold into

little rolls, and wrap each roll up in corn husks, tying each end, so

that the mixture will not escape. Just before eating, steam up again,

and serve hot. If one is in a hurry, a dish can be lined with corn

husks, the mixture piled in, and corn husks placed over the top of the

dish. This is called "tamale pie." If corn husks are not available, it

is very good without them. The mixture can either be steamed in a bowl

and turned out or it can be sliced cold and fried like mush. It is not

necessary to add the raisins, olives, and nuts unless one wants to be

rather luxurious.

At the table open up the rolls, remove the husks, and eat with tomato

sauce. A good sauce for tamales is made by stewing tomatoes with a

little onion and green pepper, straining and highly seasoning.

Worcestershire sauce is always good in tamale sauce.

This tamale mixture is fine for stuffing green mango peppers. Indeed, it

makes a fine forcemeat for most anything.

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