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Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro Photo by: Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

Goat Cheese Tamales with Olives and Raisins

A couple of these meatless, sweet-savory tamales make a nice entrée with a salad or black beans, or serve one tamale as an appetizer. To make these tamales vegetarian, prepare the Basic Masa Dough with vegetable shortening instead of lard.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2008

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 2 tamales)

Ingredients

  • 16 dried corn husks
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Spanish olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 (3-ounce) log goat cheese
  • 3 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 cups Basic Masa Dough
  • 2 cups hot water

Preparation

1. Place corn husks in a large bowl; cover with water. Weight husks down with a can; soak 30 minutes. Drain husks.

2. Preheat oven to 450°.

3. Combine raisins and next 7 ingredients (through cream cheese), stirring well to combine. Working with one husk at a time, place 3 tablespoons Basic Masa Dough in the center of husk about 1/2 inch from top of husk; press dough into a 4-inch-long by 3-inch-wide rectangle. Spoon about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture down one side of dough. Using the corn husk as your guide, fold husk over tamale, being sure to cover filling with dough; fold over 1 more time. Fold bottom end of husk under. Place tamale, seam side down, on the rack of a broiler pan lined with a damp towel. Repeat procedure with remaining husks, Basic Masa Dough, and filling. Cover filled tamales with another damp towel. Pour 2 cups hot water in the bottom of a broiler pan; top with prepared rack.

4. Steam tamales at 450° for 55 minutes, adding water as necessary to maintain a depth of about 1/2 inch. Let tamales stand 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 314
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 9.8g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbohydrate: 49.6g
  • Fiber: 5.2g
  • Cholesterol: 14mg
  • Iron: 2.2mg
  • Sodium: 709mg
  • Calcium: 181mg
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