This months Daring Kitchen Challenge was Tamales. While I've heard of them, I had never had them and had no idea of what to expect.
Blog-checking lines: Maranda of Jolts & Jollies was our January 2012 Daring Cooks hostess with the mostess! Maranda challenged us to make traditional Mexican Tamales as our first challenge of the year!
The first thing I had to do was find some ingredients that we didn't readily have on hand and couldn't get at the grocery store. Luckily Pete's Frootique had everything I needed.
The first main filing ingredient was tomatillos.
Tamales have a dough made from "Masa Mix" which is really just finely ground corn. Which is great since it makes them glutten free and I was able to invite friends over, one of whom has celiac.
It's a good thing that the friends I invited over are great friends! They knew that I was making tamales for the first time as part of the Daring Kitchen Challenge. Which was a really good thing, since the tamales were HORRIBLE! The filling tasted great (and most of us ended up scooping the filing out just to eat that) but the dough part, while it had nice flavour, was like eating paste! It stuck to the roof of your mouth and was pretty much raw, though I had steamed them for more then 40 minutes.
Luckily we had a nice Mexican salad to go with it, so no one went hungry!
Since everyone else at the Daring Kitchen was having great success with the recipes, I decided to not give up and try again. There had been a lot of filling left over that I had frozen, so I defrosted it, mixed up some more dough and tried again.