Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield
12 servings (serving size: 2 tamales and about 5 teaspoons sauce)

For ease, make the pork mixture for these tamales a day or two ahead. The recipe makes quite a few servings; serve with Spanish saffron-flavored rice for a fun evening with friends.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

Combine broth, cherries, and ancho chile in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until cherries and ancho are tender. Combine broth mixture, onion, and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a blender; process until mixture is smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup broth mixture; cover and chill. Place remaining broth mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork; seal and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, turning bag occasionally.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 4

Remove pork from bag, and discard marinade. Place pork on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Let pork stand 20 minutes; shred pork with 2 forks. Toss shredded pork with reserved 1/2 cup broth mixture.

Step 5

Working with one husk at a time, place about 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 heaping tablespoon pork 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.

Step 6

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. Serve with sauce and lime wedges, if desired.

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Ratings & Reviews

carolcook's Review

carolcook
January 24, 2010
Wonderful depth of flavor and fun to make for a party, especially if the guests get involved wrapping the tamales. The filling and the masa can be made ahead. A terrific recipe! I used banana leaves to wrap insead of corn husks. They just need to be thawed and they are very pliable. They stay nice and moist in the leaves, and it saves the soaking step. I served it with sour cream and three sauces: a salsa verde with tomatillos, a fiery red one and a medium one. Delicious, and a great addition to any Mexican themed fiesta!