While in Houston, my friend and I went to a kickin’ tamale and taco place – I can’t remember the name at the moment. They made and served several kinds of tamales, and great barbecued lamb – which we made into tacos.
For dessert, we had sweet tamales with raisins, something I have never had before. They were very yummy! I want to make some, and may even have a tamale making party! I did some preliminary research on Google and here are some possibilities:
Tamales Dulces – a lot more elaborate than what we had – and it has golden raisins and pineapple, but it has all the plans and preparationsfor a tamale party!
Sweet Tamales this one has golden raisins and pecans – I don’t know about the anise tea…
Tamales con Carne y Pasas – this one has beef and even suggested mixing in raisin paste in the masa dough!
Tamales with Pineapple and Raisins – another with pineapple
Cranberry and Pecan Tamales – how about with cranberries?
How about a Mexican Thanksgiving with Turkey Mole and Cranberry Tamales?
Tamales are fascinating – I remember a couple of tamale-making parties with my mom and aunt. It would be fun to have a tamale-making get-together. Even the kids could come, and we could let them make corn husk dolls! I am just full of ideas!
I didn’t know that there was such a variety of tamale fillings! Here is a neat article from All Recipes.com. It also has some good hints for making masa harina.
Let me know if you have any other great ideas!
http://www.healthwell.com/healthnotes/healthnotes.cfm?ContentID=2407009 – just an interesting recipe site!