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Tamales

Made from corn flour called masa harina, and traditionally steamed inside corn husks, tamales are classic Mexican comfort food. Fill yours with chicken, pork, beans, corn, or chiles, or a combination of favorites; turn tamale ingredients into a pie or fill and steam them the old-fashioned way.

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In this flavorful recipe, prepared by chef Rick Bayless, dry masa harina can be substituted for the fresh masa, if need be. For optimum taste and consistency, make the masa dough 30 to 60 minutes before preparing the tamales.

recipe

Tamale pie is a holdover from America's first flush of romance with Mexican cuisine. The love affair hasn't let up -- not with the lure of cornbread, cheese, and chili, even when made with turkey.