Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you had a great Thursday! I’m SO ready for the weekend to get here! Today is the second day of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge for me. I’m going to share an old tradition me and my family have every Christmas.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same for me and my family if we didn’t make tamales every year. A few days before Christmas, me, my grandma, mom and sister get together to make three types of tamales. My grandma is the boss of our little operation. My grandma’s mother was the boss before she passed away. I’m fortunate I got to meet my great grandmother. She lived to be 98 years old.
My family makes red, green and sweet tamales. One Christmas we made 60 pounds of tamales! Last year, we made about 30 pounds. The red tamales include red chile and shredded pork. The chile and pork are included with masa (corn dough). My grandma prepares the masa. The masa is spread with a spoon on top of a corn husk (hoja). After the corn husk has the masa, we scoop a piece of shredded pork with a spoon on top of it. The tamales are folded and placed in a huge pot so they can be cooked.
Before we prepare the tamales, my grandma boils the red and green chile on the stove. The chile includes salt, garlic and cumin. My grandma prepares the chile in the blender. Afterwards, she uses a strainer to remove the excess chile skin and seeds. She usually cooks the pork and chicken the night before.
The green tamales include shredded chicken, green chile and cheese. They are made the same way as the red ones. The sweet tamales are the easiest to make out of the three. They include raisins, shredded coconut and pecans. My mom or grandma dyes the masa pink. It gives the tamales a very nice presentation. For the sweet tamales, you don’t have to spread the masa onto the corn husk. All you have to do is scoop a ball of masa with a spoon and place it on top of the corn husk. My grandma spends the rest of the day and the next cooking the tamales.
Me and my family eat tamales a few days before Christmas and on Christmas Day. We give the tamales away to other family members, friends and co-workers. If there’s some leftovers, we freeze them for another day or month. Please stay tuned for Christmas recipes here on Life of an El Paso Woman.
I’m nominating the following three bloggers to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. Here are the rules and nominees below:
- Include the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge photo in each blog post.
- You may start at any point in December.
- Use the topic supplied for the post of that day.
- Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time).
- Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge.
- Have fun!
I understand it’s a long challenge so I completely understand if you can’t participate. It’s also a very busy time of the year! Feel free to do all or a few of the challenges.