Pineapple Chile Cheese TamaleA savory and sweet tamale.Entree/Main Dish
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
12 dried corn husks for tamales,
1-3/4 cups masa harina,
1 teaspoon salt,
3/4 teaspoon baking powder,
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder,
1/2 teaspoon onion powder,
1/4 cup vegetable oil,
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple in Juice,
1 cup chicken broth,
3 ounces poblano pepper, seeded and sliced into long strips,
12 ounces jack cheese, cut into 4" slices,
Step 1: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add dried corn husks to pot and remove from heat. Allow corn husks to soak in hot water for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Meanwhile, make the masa mixture. Combine masa harina, salt, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and vegetable oil in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low to incorporate ingredients. Drain pineapple into a 2-cup measuring cup by pressing through a sieve, reserving the juice. Add enough chicken broth to measure 2 cups of liquid. Heat juice mixture in a small pot over low heat until boiling. Remove from heat and add to masa mixture. Continue to mix until dough is smooth and has a consistency similar to peanut butter, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Set dough aside and allow to rest 15 minutes.
Fill bottom of pot with steamer basket with enough water (about 2 inches) to reach bottom of basket. Open a large husk on work surface. Spread 1/4 cup dough evenly in a 4-inch square in center of husk, leaving 2- to 3-inch plain border at narrow end of husk. Place a slice of cheese and slice of pepper in center of dough square. Spoon heaping tablespoon pineapple in strip down center of dough. Fold long sides of husk and dough over filling to cover. Fold up narrow end of husk. Tie folded portion with kitchen twine to secure, leaving wide end of tamale open.
Stand tamale in steamer basket. Repeat with more husks, dough, and filling until all filling has been used. Bring water in pot to boil.
Cover pot and steam tamales until dough is firm to touch and separates easily from husk, adding more water to pot as necessary, about 90 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.
TIP: To keep tamales upright in steamer, insert pieces of crumpled foil between them.