I had gorgeous Beef Wellington from the freezer for lunch. But dinner might outdo it.  I used to get frozen Del Real Cheese Tamales from Costco, but they stopped selling them, I guess. They were a luxurious indulgence. I thought I would try to recreate them in lower-calorie form. I found this recipe and changed it a bit to get the recipe below:

* Exported from MasterCook *

Cheese Tamales

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
——– ———— ——————————–
2 cups masa harina
15 1/4 ounces canned corn — drain, reserve juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup reserved juice
4 ounces green chiles
4 ounces cheddar cheese, lowfat — shredded
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese

Blitz the drained corn in a food processor. Combine all the dough ingredients and mix with your fingers until a dough forms. (Adding more liquid if needed.) Combine filling ingredients. Place 1/12th (60 grams) of the dough in the middle of a foot long sheet of parchment paper and press into a 3 X 5-inch rectangle. Spoon 1/12th (26 grams) filling down the middle. Use the paper to fold both sides over the filling. Roll tightly in the parchment paper and fold the ends over. Steam for about 40 minutes.


I saw a tamale maker on a food show use parchment paper rather than corn husks, so I did that. I got 12 200-calorie tamales. The dough was so amazing. These seriously are the best tamales I have ever eaten.




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