One of my favorite foods for Christmas has always been, bar none, tamales.
Oh sweet masa and meat and a bit of heat!
I never realized just how lucky I was over the years to have wonderful neighbors, friends and coworkers who gifted me with handmade tamales every year.
All the way out here in California, I don't have wonderful tamale making friends and I miss them.
So this year, my mom-in-law, a wonderful cook and a lady filled with holiday cheer, suggested we make up a batch of our own tamales.
Oh yeah, baby!
We have both pork and green chile with cheese.
Gonna be a New Mexico Christmas in my house! My kitchen smells fabulous!
And making them with my new family might just have to be a new tradition!
Feast your little eyes!
Wrapped up and ready to be steamed!
Apply the heat.
Yeah, many of these little guys didn't make it very long out of the steaming pot. Poor delicious tamales! Hope they make it to Christmas!