Tamales with Yellow Mole: Tamales de Amarillo Mole
- 10 dried corn husks
- 1 1/2 cup masa harina
- 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
- Amarilla Mole, recipe follows
- Mole Amarillo:
- 3 guajillo chiles, seeded and deviened
- 1 ancho chile, seeded and deviened
- 1 medium onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 5 medium tomatillos
- 2 medium green tomatoes
- 15 black pepppercorns
- 7 whole cloves
- 3 large hoja santa leaves or 5 dried hoja santa leaves
- 3 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons masa harina
- 3 tablespoons water
In a large mixing bowl soak the corn husks for 30 minutes.
In another bowl, add the masa harina and salt and with a whisk, mix well. Slowly add the chicken stock to the masa harina and mix well until a dough-like consistency. Make 10 ping-pong ball size balls of dough.
In a plastic-lined tortilla press (both sides), press out each ball of dough to form a 5-inch round (about the size of the press). Carefully remove the tortilla, and place a spoonful of amarillo mole sauce, a spoonful of shredded cooked chicken. Fold each side of the tortilla and place in a corn husk length-wise. Secure both ends with a string or part of the husk used as a string, and repeat process.
Steam for 30 minutes.Mole Amarillo:
Toast chiles on a griddle. Remove and place in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and let stand for 20 minutes.
In a hot cast iron pan, roast the onion, garlic, tomatillos, and green tomatoes. Roast until well charred on all sides. Place in a bowl and let cool.
Meanwhile grind peppercorns and cloves in coffee grinder. When the vegetables are cool enough to handle peel off the charred skin and puree them in a blender with the hoja santa leaves, drained chiles, and spices.
In hot pot, heat the lard, add the pureed strained sauce, and cook for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, add the masa harina and water. Mix until well blended. Add this mixture to the sauce and cook for 5 minutes more, until done.
Recipe courtesy Aaron Sanchez