The Steam family has a tradition of cooking a time consuming ethnic food that we wouldn’t otherwise take the time to make. This year I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted to make.
After much pondering I chose Mexican. We have done Mexican before, but I so love Mexican food, and Mr. Steam just adores tamales. So, decision made.
I went to my favorite 2 websites for Mexican recipes.
I decided on three recipes.
Normally I usually fuss with a recipe and make modifications, either because I couldn’t find certain ingredients, or I don’t think a flavor combination will work well. However, in this case, I left everything alone and followed the recipes EXACTLY! I even went to one of our Mexican markets to make sure I could get all the ingredients that I needed.
We made all 3 recipes in one day. There were A LOT of chilies involved!
The molé was incredible. It took quite a bit of time to make, but it makes a HUGE batch. I used 4 chickens worth of legs and thighs. And there was plenty of sauce to use for chilaquiles among other things.
Oh boy, they didn’t disappoint. These were the best tamales I have ever made (or eaten for that matter). We will definitely be making these two recipes again!
Just don’t ask me which was my favorite. All three recipes were absolutely delicious! And even better they made enough food for us to freeze several meals worth.
I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable New Year!