Make Ahead


December 17, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 16
Author Notes

A delicious vegetarian take on a Mexican classic! —mommiecooks

What You'll Need
  • 1 Pkg. of Corn Husks
  • 2 cups Masa
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 21/4 cup Veggie Broth
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Zucchini, Chopped
  • 3 Green Onions, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1/2 of a Lime, Juiced
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. Start off by soaking your corn husks in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Grab a bowl and add in the masa, baking powder, 1/2 tsp of the salt, and 1 tsp of both the cumin, and chili powder.
  3. Now add 2 cups of the veggie broth to your mixture and form a dough.
  4. Pop your stick of butter into your mixer and whip it up for a minute or so.
  5. Add the masa dough in and mix it up well again. Set your finished dough aside and let's move on to the filling.
  6. Grab your saute pan and cook up your zucchini, green onions, and garlic on medium heat in the tbsp of oil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Now add in the rest of your broth (1/4 cup), the cilantro, tomatoes, lime juice, and the remaining cumin, chili powder (1 tsp each) and salt (1/4 tsp). Stir it together and add in the shredded cheese.
  8. Grab up one of your soaked corn husks and slather a good amount of the masa mixture on top.
  9. Now, take a spoonful of your veggie filling and place it down the middle third of your tamale. Make sure to leave a bit of space at the ends. Wrap it up like you would a burrito and tie it off. I used another corn husk to tie it up.
  10. Grab a big pot and steam those beautiful rolled up veggie delights for about 90 minutes on medium high heat. I didn't have a steamer that big, so I used my large stock pot and placed my noodle strainer inside of it with the pot cover over the top.
  11. While the tamales are steaming, periodically check your water level to ensure you don't boil it all away! Pull one out after 90 minutes and unwrap it to see if it's cooked through. The masa should be firm.

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Sagegreen December 17, 2010
Thanks for this lovely recipe: Each one looks like a holiday gift!