A Mexican Feast with Veetee riceSeptember 29, 2015
I really wanted to make Tamales which are a steamed bun filled with meat. Unfortunately I couldn’t get hold of the correct flour so to make it easier and a recipe that is able to be created in the UK without any special ingredients I decided to use shortcrust pastry and bake them instead.
The first thing I needed to do was to create my filling. I decided to use a Mexican flavoured pulled pork mixed with refried beans and Veetee spicy rice. Slow Cooked meat looked to be very popular in Mexican cooking and the ability to throw it into the slow cooker and leave it over night was perfect. I usually cook BBQ Pulled pork so I had to adapt my recipe to give it a Mexican flavour. I don’t use measurements but my Mexican Pulled pork ingredient list is below
MEXICAN PULLED PORK
Small pork joint with fat removed
Small carton of passata
Two fresh chillis chopped
Handful of fresh cilantro (Coriander) chopped
Juice of one lime
Teaspoon of smoked Paprika
A few slugs of balsamic vinegar
4 cloves garlic crushed
Brown the meat on the outside then place in the slow cooker with the other ingredients and cook until it falls apart when prodded.
To create our own version of Tamales I used the precooked Mexican flavoured pulled pork and added in the cooked Veetee Spicy Rice and one sachet of refried beans. Once mixed all together it looked and tasted amazing so I knew I was on to a winner!
The long strudel type was the one that I think worked best due to the pastry to filling ratio. I like pastry but like there to be a lot of filling too. To make my fake tamales I cut the pastry and added the filling, I then wrapped the pastry over the top and used milk to stick it down. To brown the pastry I glazed it with milk and then baked in the oven at 200 degrees. I did check after 15 minutes and every 10 minutes until it was cooked, this took 35 minutes. Depending on how thick you make your tamale will depend how long it will take to cook.
As I was given some avocados I decided to do the obvious and make my own guacamole for the first time ever.
Two ripe avocados
Half a small onion
Juice of half a lime
Fresh Cilantro (coriander)
One medium sized tomato
I blitzed it all in my hand blender to make it smooth but you can hand chop it all if you want chunky guacamole.
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