Every Christmas Eve we eat tamales for dinner. We've done it for years. It's one of my favorite traditions. We usually buy our tamales, though Cody and I did make them one year when Ava was a baby. I remember that is was sooooo crazy hard to make them. We had to search for the ingredients, it took us all day long, and it made a huge mess. So I'm not surprised that a decade had to pass before I got the urge to make them again!
But last night, as plain as day, the urge to make tamales came over me. It wasn't a slight urge either. I had an intense desire to make tamales! I slept on it, and sure enough this morning the urge was still there. I reasoned it had to be easier this time because after 10 years I'm a much better cook. Plus we have a dozen Mexican grocery stores within blocks of our house so finding the ingredients couldn't be that tough.
I sent Cody to the store with a list. He was so sweet to brave the crowds today.
I decided on a chicken filling. To make things even easier, I used store-bought rotisserie chickens. I added lots of yummy things like tomatillos, poblano peppers, green chills, onions, cilantro, and lime juice.
Spreading masa and rolling up the tamales was just as difficult as I remembered. My Anglo hands are pretty much inept when it comes to making that happen. I got teary once. The Youtube videos (I did my research) make it look so easy, but trust me people, it's not. Cody took a turn and was much better at it than me. Together we made a few dozen tamales and placed them to steam on the stove top.
A few hours later, we unwrapped the treasures and were delighted to find they had turned out perfectly. Nate really loved them. He ate 4! It certainly didn't seem as all-consuming as I recall it being a decade ago and I can't wait to eat these on Christmas Eve this year!