Tamale Stuffing

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 20 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 poblano chile peppers
  • 1 1/3 cups lard
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups masa harina (instant corn flour)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 ripe plantains, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers, chopped
  • 2 banana leaves (thawed if frozen)
Directions

Preheat the broiler. Halve the poblanos lengthwise and remove the stems and seeds. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet and broil until browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside 5 minutes. Peel off the skin, then roughly chop.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the lard, baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Whisk the masa harina, 2 cups hot water and the broth in a separate bowl; add to the lard mixture and mix until smooth.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallions, garlic, chipotles, cumin and orange zest and cook, stirring, until the scallions are soft, about 2 minutes. Add the plantains, roasted poblanos and capers and season with salt.

Gently stir the scallion mixture into the masa mixture. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with the banana leaves, crossing one over the other, and add the filling. Fold the banana leaves over the filling, tucking them in to seal. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until the filling is set, about 1 hour, 15 minutes, uncovering halfway through.

Photograph by Kana Okada


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