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Pumpkin-Poblano Tamales

Pumpkin-Poblano Tamales

2 Hr(s)
30 Min(s) Prep
1 Hr(s) 30 Min(s) Cook
Got a big crowd coming to your house? Wow them with these cheesy, gloriously creamy tamales made with pumpkin and spiced with roasted poblano chiles.
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16 servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings
1 cup hot water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 cup lard
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups masa harina
1 pkg. (16 oz.) banana leaves, cut into 8-inch pieces
4 roasted poblano chiles, peeled, deveined and cut into strips
1 cup sour cream
Let's Make It
Add hot water to bouillon cube in small bowl; let stand until dissolved. Use wooden spoon to mix lard, pumpkin, baking powder and cinnamon in large bowl until blended. Add masa harina and chicken broth; stir until mixture forms soft dough.
Spread 1/4 cup masa dough into 4-inch square down center of each of 16 banana leaves, leaving about 2 inches at top of leaf. Top each with about 2 Tbsp. each chiles and cheese. Fold over sides and both ends of each leaf to completely enclose filling. Tie closed with strips cut from some of the remaining banana leaves.
Pour 3 cups water into tamalera. Use enough of the remaining banana leaves to line bottom and side of tamalera. Add tamales, overlapping as necessary to fit; cover with remaining leaves. Steam 1 hour or until tamales are done, adding water to tamalera if needed. (Tamales are cooked when they pull away from leaves.) Cool slightly. Serve with sour cream.
Kitchen Tips
Tip 1
Serving Suggestion
Serve with fresh fruit and a quick bagged salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.
Tip 2
If You Don't Have a Tamalera
Place assembled tamales in steamer basket in large saucepan filled about 1/4 full with water. (Make sure tamales are not touching the water.) Bring water to boil; cover. Steam 1 hour or until tamales are done, adding more water to saucepan if necessary.
Tip 3
If you don't have enough banana leaves to cover tamales in tamalera, you can use a dampened kitchen towel instead.
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