The comforting warmth of tamales from a cast iron skillet - no assembly line required.
Have you ever been to a Tamalada? A tamalada (tamal-making party) is a traditional Mexican party that brings family and friends together to assemble tamales. While making tamales can be labor intensive, it's not complicated and doesn't require tremendous focus. A tamalada makes the time-consuming aspect more enjoyable and rewarding by sitting around a table in an assembly line, doing the work together. In addition to the socializing, drinking and laughing that goes on you get to take home a variety of fresh tamales.
The host usually makes the masa (tamal dough), and they soak the corn husks. Guests typically bring the filling which varies from vegetarian bean options to spicy pork or beef. The possible fillings for tamales are endless.
After a demonstration by the host, guests roll up their sleeves and settle in a kitchen towel and a spoon, filling and wrapping.
After the tamales are fully cooked, it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Freshly steamed tamales aren't just delicious, they're fun to eat - unwrapping their husks is like opening a gift - which makes them the perfect party food.
A tamalada is as much about cooking together as it is about eating together. The point is to strengthen the ties between family and friends and create memories.