This is the Perfect Tamale Pie Recipe for tamale lovers… Without the patience to make authentic tamales.
A friend of mine moved to the US from Mexico about 15 years ago. Every time I see her, she has just made some sort of amazing dish that reminds her of home, and she always brings me a taste.
When talking with her one day, she told me she loved tamales, but almost never got to eat them. This surprised me, with all the traditional Mexican cooking coming out of her kitchen.
Want to know why?
Tamale making is a ridiculously daunting process. She explained no one (at least in Mexico) makes a few tamales. It’s just not worth the time and effort.
If you are going to make tamales, you get several family members together and make dozens, even hundreds, of tamales to be frozen and eaten throughout the coming months.
She said her mother sends her tamales in the mail whenever her extended family has made a large batch, but that is only once or twice a year.
I’ve made tamales before, but thinking back, she’s right. It was such an ordeal, I haven’t made them in years.
But you know what I have made? This Perfect Tamale Pie Recipe.
What I lovingly call my Perfect Tamale Pie Recipe is not authentic in the least.
However it is quick to prep, easy to assemble, gluten free, and offers the essence of good tamales.
You’ve got a spiced meaty filling.
You’ve got a masa (corn flour) coating, that bakes into a pillowy tamale-like top.
You’ve got less supplies involved, less cleanup, and much less cook time.
That means, you’ve got one heck of a family dinner without going to all the trouble of making real tamales.
To me, that is more than enough reason to skip the traditional method of tamale making, and make a tamale pie that mimics that flavor of tamales, in a pot-pie form.
Plus, this Perfect Tamale Pie Recipe makes two pies, so you can enjoy one for dinner tonight and save one as a freezer meal, just like with real tamales. *wink*
My friend shook her head at me when I told her about my perfect tamale pie recipe. Yet once she tasted it, she changed her tune.
After all, time-consuming doesn’t always mean better.
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