Squid Tamales with Roasted Corn Salsa

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  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 onion, roughly chopped

1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped

1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped

4 cloves garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons tomato paste

6 cups fresh corn kernels

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup fine yellow cornmeal

2 tablespoons squid ink

1 tablespoon sugar

1 pound fresh squid, cleaned and chopped finely

15 individual cornhusks

Roasted Corn Salsa, recipe follows

Roasted Corn Salsa:

4 ears corn

2 red bell peppers, finely diced

1/2 cup chopped scallion

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper


  1. In a deep saute pan, saute the onion, bell peppers, and garlic in the olive oil for 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft then add the tomato paste, stir well and, remove and set aside.
  2. Place corn kernels in a large mixing bowl add the Sauteed vegetables, cornstarch, cornmeal, and squid ink, and mix well. Place small batches of the corn mixture into a food processor and puree until smooth.
  3. Return the puree mixture to the bowl, add sugar, and fold in ground squid. Lay 2 cornhusks end to end, place 1/2 cup of the mixture in the middle of the cornhusk. Roll up the husks and secure them with twine. Steam the tamales in a double boiler with a steamer insert for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove and serve with a spoonful of the roasted corn salsa.

Roasted Corn Salsa:

  1. Remove the husks from the ears of corn and place them on hot grill for about 10 minutes until all the sides of the corn have charred nicely. Remove them and allow to cool.
  2. With a knife, remove the kernels from the cob. In bowl, combine the corn with the remaining ingredients, and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
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