Are you looking for something a little different to make as a meal or appetizer? Consider making these little tamale cakes. They are a lot less work than tamales and just as tasty!
Tamale Cakes with Avocado Sauce
Avocado cream sauce
2 large ripe avocados
1 C greek yogurt
1 lime, juiced
Peel the avocado and remove the pit
Add the flesh into a food processor or blender
Add in the yogurt and lime
Puree until smooth.
2 C frozen corn
1 C sweet cream butter, softened
3 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 C corn flour, masa harina
4 tbsp flour
Puree 1 C of corn in a food processor
Combine butter, sugar and salt with the corn
Blend with an electric mixture until smooth
Add the masa and the flour and blend well
mix in the remaining corn
measure 1/2 C portion into 3 inch patties
arrange patties onto a cookie sheet and bake 25/30 minutes at 400 degrees
flip the patties and bake 5-7 minutes longer
pull out of oven and set aside to cool down,
place onto a plate and drizzle the avocado sauce and top with chopped tomatoes and diced avocado.
Learn About Masa
Ancient Aztecs were highly dependent on corn. They even worshipped Centeotl, the goddess of corn. Centeotl symbolized corn, an vitally food crop that was resistant to disease and freezing temperatures. Aztecs discovered that ashes from cooking fires mixed with water created an alkaline lime mixture that softened, partially dissolved, and helped remove the kernel’s tough outer skin, making corn easier to cook and make into masa.