Recipe courtesy of Gretty Lagos
Save Recipe Print
Smoked Cheddar Cheese Tamales
Total:
2 hr
Prep:
1 hr 5 min
Cook:
55 min
Yield:
36 tamales
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
2 hr
Prep:
1 hr 5 min
Cook:
55 min
Yield:
36 tamales
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Put the corn husks in a roasting pan of warm water; soak until softened, about 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, prepare the dough: Whisk the masa harina, baking soda and sea salt in a large bowl. Stir in the chicken broth and lard with a wooden spoon to make a thick dough. (If it seems dry, add a splash of broth.) Let the dough rest 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Put the poblanos on a foil-lined broiler pan; broil, turning, until charred, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside 10 minutes. Peel off the skins, then stem, seed and dice the peppers. 

Heat the butter and vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and scallions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the poblanos, tomatoes and vinegar, season with kosher salt and pepper, and cook 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Fold in both cheeses. 

Remove the corn husks from the water and gently squeeze dry. Tear 4 husks into thin strips to use as ties. Spread a heaping tablespoonful of dough onto the wide end of each remaining husk, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the top and both sides and 3 inches on the tapered end. Spread 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture over the dough, then roll up the tamale into a cigar shape. Fold up the tapered end and tie closed with a strip of husk. 

Put the tamales upright in a steamer basket set over a few inches of boiling water; steam until the filling is firm, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the tamales and let rest 10 minutes. 

Mix the sour cream and lime zest in a small bowl and season with kosher salt. Unwrap the tamales and serve with the lime sour cream. 

Photograph by Jacob Snavely

Trending Videos 4 Videos

Get the Recipe

Crown Roast Ribs 01:03

This budget-friendly crown roast will impress your holiday guests.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Cream Cheese Icing

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Three-Cheese Calzones

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Smoked Cheddar and Creole Mac and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Kale and Cheese Tamales

Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid

Bean and Cheese Tamales

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Smoked Cheddar Hush Puppies

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Browse Reviews By Keyword