Yeah, quick and easy is my thing, and guess what? TAMALES ARE QUICK AND EASY! Well, not quick-quick, but quick-do-something-else-while-you-wait-quick.
You can fill tamales with all kindsa stuff. I filled these with Meatless Griller Strips, salsa, and cheese.
Okay, soak the corn husks in warmish water for a few minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, mix the masa harina into tamale dough according to package directions. I don’t use lard, so I used Smart Balance Organic Buttery Spread. Spread a lump of the dough onto a corn husk. Put on some salsa, some warmed griller strips, cheese, maybe some beans and/or rice. Not too much. Wrap the corn husk around it all and fold down the ends or tie them off.
Put the corn husk packets in the top of a double boiler or a steamer with the water just barely simmering and steaming. Dampen a cloth and put that over the top of the packets.
Steam for 45-60 minutes.
You can serve these with more salsa, taco or enchilada sauce, melted cheese, as you like it.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is surprised when a project turns out to be much easier than expected.