Never get in between a pregnant woman and the food she craves. Just sayin'!
The other day I had my first real craving for something to eat. I needed some tamales! You can't find them here the way you can back home in California. I had previously tried to find the corn husks, but was unsuccessful on my few tries. I know they can be found in any Hispanic grocery store though, or in some places that carry more ethnic foods. I may look for them in a future outing, but today I just didn't feel like getting out of my pajamas.
So I used tin foil out of desperation to fulfill my craving! It works out ok, though I know the husks add some flavor that tin foil just doesn't have. I may receive hate mail for desecrating the precious tamales in this way. We can call them "faux tamales" if that works better for you ;) Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I'll show you what I did.
It's basically the same thing you would do with the corn husks. I used a piece of tin foil about 8 inches wide, and cut my strips in half so they were about 6 inches long. Spread the masa dough about an inch in from the top and sides. You want room to crimp your foil.
Pile on your filling, down the middle. I used shredded chicken. You can use beef, chicken, pork, sweet corn, or just about anything.
Then you are going to fold your tamale like a taco, so that the sides of the dough touch and create a seam to enclose the filling.
Roll it very gently to "form" it and fold over the side to seal it closed.
Tuck the ends under, or crimp them closed.
I steamed mine in my rice cooker!
It worked out perfectly and they tasted delish!
Have you ever made Tamales? It's definitely a little time consuming, but so worth the effort!
And now, if you're in a pinch, you know that tin foil will work ;)
P.s. I'm currently working on a tutorial for the eye patches that a few people have asked about. So stay tuned for that soon!