Chili Verde Sauce----
Place tomatillos, garlic, and jalapenos (stems removed) on baking sheet.
Broil until blackened on one side; roll tomatillos over to cook both sides.
Check tomatillos while broiling and reserve all the juice that is released
from the tomatillos. Puree all ingredients (including the juice released from the
tomatillos) in food processor. Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired.
Salt to taste.
Assembly & Presentation----
In a large bowl, beat vegetable shortening until fluffy. Combine masa, salt, sugar,
and corn. Alternately add water to maza mixture and then combine with vegetable
shortening mixture. Mix well. 3. Gradually beat in 1/3 cup melted vegetable
shortening mixture until consistency of thick cake batter. Separate and soak
corn husk in warm water 15 minutes. Drain water. Spread 1/3 cup maza filling
in center of each husk. Place another husk on top and tie with
shredded husk on top. Steam tamales in steamer or 4 quart Dutch oven. Place
rack 2" above gently boiling water. Arrange tamales in upright position in
steamer basket--do not pack tightly. Cover top of tamales with corn husks and
steam 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tamales are firm.
For breakfast serve with fried eggs and Black Beans. Give tamales and eggs a generous drizzle of green
chili sauce. Tamales can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen and heated in microwave later.
From: Marla Reif & Fay Nakanishi of Mission Cafe, San Diego
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