My brother made tamales the other day and offered to give me some. Now, I had never had tamales before. And for some reason I had it in my head that I didn't like them, despite not really knowing what they are. So I asked my brother what, exactly, a tamale is. He said they're basically a corn flour (masa harina, traditionally) biscuity kind of thing, full of spicy shredded meat (or whatever) and steamed in a corn husk (or parchment paper). Nothing about that sounded bad, why did I think I didn't like them?
Well I thought about it for a moment and, being the clever guy I am, I thought you were supposed to eat the corn husk. My brain knew that corn husks weren't good eating so I figured I wouldn't want to eat anything wrapped in them. Turns out I was right and wrong. I didn't want to eat the corn husk, but I did want to eat the tamales. A lot. They are wicked good. Now I'm going to have to make them myself, of course. My brother used Alton Browns recipe (lightly adapted, I believe) and it was awesome. It used turkey and my brother added some fresh corn.
So, does anyone out there have experience making these? Any tips, tricks or warnings? Other than "only make so many, you're going to eat them all with a quickness!" of course.