I created this video showing the process so you can easily make these on your own:
After the tamales are made, they need to be steamed. The steam cooks the masa, which is essentially raw up until this point. It's important to steam the tamales, not boil them, and to make sure that you don't steam them too long or they will start to fall apart. You can get a tamale steamer but we just use a large pot. The tamale steamer has a basket that keeps the tamales vertical so that water does not seep inside the meat and masa. When using a pot, place a mug or bowl in the center of the pot to lean the tamales against so they will stay upright. You can even place a few tamales inside the mug or bowl to get even more in the pot.
Fill the pot with abut 2″ of water and steam on medium or low for about 30 minutes. The masa will darken and become a bit translucent at the edges. This is how you'll know the tamales are done. Take one out of the pot and remove the corn husk to check that the tamale as cooked completely before removing the pot from the heat.
Once cooked, allow the tamales to cool to room temperature before placing in zip top bags and putting in the fridge.
Our Las Posadas Tradition
Our Las Posadas tradition starts with preparing the food, like these tamales. The second part of our Las Posadas tradition starts on the 16th and runs through Christmas. We set up a nativity scene and make sure the tree is all decked out. Then we visit with family and friends, going to each other's homes and sharing in great food, stories, and wishes about the new year. We talk about the story of Mary and Joseph and all the religious aspects of the holiday. As it gets closer to Christmas, we see more of the extended family; aunts, uncles, cousins, and more. It's not just family – we see friends too!
You better believe that even though we were at Disneyland, Elena asked me for tamales! LOL You don't have to celebrate Las Posadas at home only but honestly, the food is better when you cook it at home!
Now that Las Posadas is here, how are you going to celebrate?
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