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Tamale Pie Wedges

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I LOVE tamales, but they can be a pain in the butt to make, and ever look to buy them at the super market? They're like 8 bucks for 8 tiny tamales!  Oh, yes, it's true!!  My recipe makes 12 tamale pie wedges for under 5 bucks! All packaged up in a cute little pie wedge! Plus, there is plenty more masa left over for other future recipes.  See! Deliciouis, AND economical!

  I made these with pork chirizo this time, but I think I will try a vegetarian variation, or do a playful spin on the chile rellanos and see how that goes! Have fun, and experiment with different fillings!  The masa feels like Play-dough in your hands, so it's really easy to mold. A great little project to do with the kids; they'll love molding the masa! 

Have fun!!
-Cath xxo


INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 cups of prepared masa (may use masa flour, and prepare as directed on package)
  • 1/2 pound of pork chirizo (or, beef)
  • 1 cup of Mexican crema (may substitute Philadelphia cooking cream)
  • 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend (shredded)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • You favorite salsa verde, or green chili for dipping

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

Cast Iron Cornbread Wedge Skillet
 
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Step 1:

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Masa can be found in Latin markets, or in the supermarket, you will find masa flour near the All purpose flour. If you buy masa flour, just prepare it according the manufacturers directions. It's pretty easy- usually adding water, or broth.

Also, pork chirizo goes quite nicely with this recipe, so  you may choose to fill with just crema, or cheese and perhaps some chopped roasted jalapenos? That sounds great, actually!!

Step 2:

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Prepare your chirizo first by browning it in a skillet on medium high heat. Set aside.

Step 3:

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Prepare your wedge skillet by spraying with your desired cooking spray.

Step 4:

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Grab a couple tablespoons of masa, about the size of a golf ball (it will feel like Play-dough in your hands, and it's very easy to mold) Press into the wedge skillet to about 1/8 inch thickness on the bottom and sides.
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Thank you!!! :-) I don't see any reason why a muffin tin wouldn't be perfect!! Thank for the awesome compliment!!
Such a cool idea and what an awesome skillet!
thanks!! It's an old one that I picked up at thrift store for about 6 bucks. But you can buy the same one new by Lodge Brand, for under 20 bucks, I think. I love it and I use it So much!! :-)
pdrift1 year ago
Oh and great instructable. Very well written and great photos.. A+
TheBrooklynRagazza (author)  pdrift1 year ago
Wowsers!! Thank you, for the great compliment!!! Made my night!

-Cath
pdrift1 year ago
OMG! That looks delicioso!
I'm not a big fan of masa but I would try this recipe in a heartbeat.