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Pork-Picadillo Tamales
Pork-Picadillo Tamales

Pork-Picadillo Tamales

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Cook Minutes 1 Hr 25 Min
Prep : 25 Min Cook: 1 Hr
Our Pork-Picadillo Tamales are filled with a sweet-savoury filling of ground pork, raisins and olives. The banana leaf wrappers give them even more flavour, making this recipe a must-try!
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12 Servings
Original recipe yields 12 Servings
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1/2 cup lard
1-3/4 cups corn flour (masa harina)
1 tsp. Magic Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1-2/3 cups warm water
1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
1 lb. (450 g) lean ground pork
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup pitted green olives
1 lb. (450 g) banana leaves, cut into 12 (8-inch-long) pieces
1/3 cup salsa
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Step 1
Beat first 4 ingredients in large bowl with mixer on low speed until blended. Gradually add warm water, beating well after each addition until light and fluffy.
Step 2
Heat dressing in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and chili powder; cook 5 min. or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins and olives; cook 2 min. Remove from heat.
Step 3
Spread about 1/3 cup masa dough into 5x3-inch rectangle down centre of each of 12 banana leaf pieces. Top each with 1/3 cup meat mixture. Fold in sides of leaves to completely enclose filling. Tie closed with strips cut from some of the remaining banana leaves.
Step 4
Pour 3 cups water into 8-L stockpot fitted with steamer basket. Line bottom of steamer basket with some of the remaining banana leaves. Add tamales, overlapping as necessary to fit; cover with remaining leaves or damp kitchen towel. Cover with lid. Bring water to boil on medium-high heat; simmer on medium-low heat 1 hour or until tamales pull away from leaves, adding more boiling water to pan and adjusting heat as necessary to maintain a gentle boil. Serve tamales topped with salsa.
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Cooking Know-How
Make sure tamales are not touching the water as they cook. To avoid burning the bottom of the stockpot, add several coins to the water. Coins will rattle throughout the cooking time. If rattling stops, you need to add more water to the pot.
Prepare using extra-lean ground beef.
Substitute shortening for the lard.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Fat 17 g
Saturated fat 6 g
30 %
Cholesterol 35 mg
Sodium 330 mg
14 %
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fibre 0 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 9 g
Vitamin A
4 %
Vitamin C
0 %
4 %
15 %
12 servings, 1 tamale each
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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