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Turkey Tamales

Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 20 mins

Makes 2 dozen

You'll love our genius way to use leftover turkey by turning it into the starchy outer layer of tamales.


  • 24 dried corn husks
  • 2 cups leftover cooked dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • Kitchen string
  • Spicy Cranberry Salsa

How to Make It

  1. Soak corn husks in warm water to cover 1 hour or until softened. Drain and pat dry.

  2. Press 2 Tbsp. dressing into a 3- x 5-inch rectangle along 1 long side of 1 husk, leaving borders along other 3 sides of husks. Spoon 1 Tbsp. turkey down center of dressing. Roll up dressing, starting with long side and using husk as a guide. Press dressing edges together to form a seal, enclosing filling. Fold long side of husk over tamale to enclose.

  3. Fold ends toward center to seal. Repeat procedure using remaining husks, dressing, and turkey.

  4. Place 6 tamales side by side on work surface, with seam sides inward; tie tamales together with kitchen string, securing bundles at both ends. Repeat procedure to make a total of 4 bundles.

  5. Stand tamale bundles on end in a steamer basket; place basket over boiling water in a large Dutch oven. Cover and steam 35 minutes or until dressing is set, adding more boiling water as needed. Serve hot with Spicy Cranberry Salsa.