Recipe courtesy of Aarón Sánchez
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1 hr 30 min
1 hr
30 min
10 tamales


Mole Amarillo:


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.

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