A very special meal – homemade tamales! Slow-cooking the pork loin makes it tender and delicious and the tamales will be wonderful served with refried beans and a crisp salad. You will find forest-raised and organic-fed pork loin and tenderloin at the market this week!
- 1 ¼ pounds pork loin
- 1 large onion, halved
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 dried chile pods
- 2 cups water
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 2 cups masa harina (can substitute fine cornmeal or grits)
- 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup lard
- 1 (8 ounce) package dried corn husks
- 1 cup sour cream
Place pork into a Dutch oven with onion and garlic, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the meat is cooked through, about 2 hours.
Use rubber gloves to remove stems and seeds from the chile pods. Place chiles in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, then remove from heat to cool. Transfer the chiles and water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture, stir in salt, and set aside. Shred the cooked meat and mix in one cup of the chile sauce.
Soak the corn husks in a bowl of warm water. In a large bowl, beat the lard with a tablespoon of the broth until fluffy. Combine the masa harina, baking powder and salt; stir into the lard mixture, adding more broth as necessary to form a spongy dough.
Spread the dough out over the corn husks to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place one tablespoon of the meat filling into the center. Fold the sides of the husks in toward the center and place in a steamer. Steam for 1 hour.
Remove tamales from husks and drizzle remaining chile sauce over. Top with sour cream. For a creamy sauce, mix sour cream into the chile sauce.