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Pastel de Tamal Recipe
Try this South American specialty this Three Kings Day. Serves 6-8.
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Ingredients

• 2 lbs. Boneless center pork chops, trimmed of fat
• 8 cups Water
• 1 medium Onion, diced
• 3 Garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tsp. Salt
• 1-12 oz. Bottle chili sauce
• 2 cups Milk
• 1 ½ cups Yellow cornmeal
• 1 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
• 1-11 oz. Canned sweet corn, drained
• 4-5 Large green olives with stuffed with pimento, sliced (optional)
• 1 cup Grated chipotle cheddar cheese or your favorite
• Freshly grated  Parmesan cheese

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Step 1

In a large pot, bring pork, water, onion, garlic and 1 ½  teaspoons salt to boil.  Simmer covered, about 2 hours or until meat is very tender.

 

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Step 2

Remove pork from broth and allow both meat and broth to cool. Once broth is cool, remove fat if necessary.

 

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Step 3

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shred the pork using 2 forks, discarding excess fat.

 

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Step 4

In a medium sauce pan, warm chili sauce, add pork and 1 cup of the broth (include some of the diced onions).  Simmer covered for 10 minutes.

 

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Step 5

Strain the remaining broth and reserve 2 cups.

 

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Step 6

In a large saucepan whisk together broth, milk, ½ teaspoon salt, and cornmeal and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently.

 

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Step 7

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thick and smooth, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in butter.

 

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Step 8

Using cooking spray, lightly coat a deep casserole dish and spoon about ⅓ of the cornmeal mixture evenly over the bottom.

 

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Step 9

Like a lasagna, layer with pork mixture.  Sprinkle corn and green over the top of the pork.

 

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Step 10

Then spoon the remaining cornmeal mixture evenly over the top of the casserole. Sprinkle with the cheddar and parmesan cheese.

 

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Step 11

Bake for 20-25 minutes until filling is bubbling and top is golden brown.  May need to broil for last two minutes of cooking.

 

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Step 12

Let rest for 10 minutes and serve.

 

Pastel de Tamal Recipe

Try this South American specialty this Three Kings Day. Serves 6-8.

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