Tamales are a traditional holiday food in our home. We buy tamales, including dessert tamales, from our favorite Mexican market. This year we even took them out of town on our Christmas vacation!
Last month I signed up for a tamale making class, but I was the only to sign up so the class was postponed. I decided to take on tamale making myself, but needed a bite-size snack to take to a New Year’s Eve party. My favorite fella reminded me of these sloppy joe cups I used to make with biscuit dough from a can (way back in the gluten-full days). They were an easy snack to take to parties, so I set out to make bite size tamales with a variation of traditional masa pressed into the cups.
You’ll notice in the recipe I do not use traditional masa, but instead basic corn flour. This is for two reasons. I keep basic corn flour in the cupboard, so it is always on hand. The second reason is that I cannot buy gluten-free masa harina locally. I wonder if I can’t, if others can’t, too.
The filling for these is made with jackfruit, my favorite meat-like substitute. Because it’s the new year and many folks are watching what they eat, I’ll share that jackfruit is very low in calories and fat free. Not that I’m asserting this dish is a diet food, but it’s something. 😉