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!
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
Cast Iron Cornbread Wedge Skillet