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On Latin American Christmas Tables

Photo of tamales wrapped in banana leaf
Tonight many people of Latin American descent will be busy preparing dozens of various types of tamales. Tamales are small packets of corn or green mashed plantain dough filled with just about anything and then wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf and steamed until firm and easy to remove. I know it sounds easy, because they are easy to make and they taste great. The late Afro- Panamanian scholar George Priestly, who recently passed, would tell me how he would spend hours in his Brooklyn home making tamales for his Christmas table; it was a labor of love for him. 

More Tamale Stories with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Tamales
Vegetarian Banana Leaf Tamales

Panamanian Tamales

Turkey Tamales with Mole Negro


Black Bean and Plantain Tamale Filling


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