Tamal en Hoja

Fresh Corn Tamales

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Appears in
Eating Cuban

By Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs

Published 2006

  • About

Tamales in Cuba can be traced back to the Ciboney, the original native inhabitants of the island. Cuban tamales are usually made with pureed fresh corn and, unlike Mexican tamales, the meat filling is often mixed in with the corn dough. In Cuba the corn used to make tamales is field (or dent) corn. It has a higher starch content than the sweet corn sold at grocery stores in the United States. When using sweet corn, it is usually necessary to add cornmeal or masa harina to the corn pu