Time required: about 2 hours to make the ingredients and assemble, about 2 hours to cook.
Equipment required: blender, steamer, string or twine
1/2 teaspoon salt
5.7 Your first tamales will look weird but taste fine.
5.8 You must practice and develop your technique.
7.4 Depending on how spicy you make these, the sour cream can be used to cool them down.
7.5 Salsa and sour cream are the traditional ways of moistening a tamale that is dry.
8.3 My life would be a lot easier if I had a real steamer or a pressure cooker.
8.4 There is a real art to making these things look beautiful.
8.5 Tamales last several days in the icebox and can be frozen for a long time.