Earlier this year, I shared my review of Vegan Tamales Unwrapped by Dora Stone,who is the very talented blogger behind Dora’s Table. I wanted to let everyone know that Dora’s book is now available on Amazon! If you haven’t checked out Dora’s Table, Dora shares creative healthy, plant based Mexican recipes. She recently wrote an ebook that is all about tamales! Tamales are one of my favorites foods so I couldn’t wait to read Dora’s Vegan Tamales Unwrapped Ebook!
This ebook is perfect for this time of year. Tamales are such a holiday staple in Mexico and Dora’s ebook offers Vegan options that even omnivores will love.
If you have never made tamales before, there is no need to worry. Dora has included photos of the step by step process of making the tamales. From making the dough to the assembling the tamales, there are detailed descriptions and photos to guide you through the process. Each recipe also has a photo of the finished recipe.
There are 18 different recipes in the ebook and there are aren’t only savory recipes, but also sweet ones. I am looking forward to making the Strawberry Tamales, which would be perfect for strawberry season which will be here before we know it! It was tough to choose which recipe I wanted to make first. All of the recipes sound amazing, especially the Pasilla-Black Bean Tamales and Roasted Poblano & Creamed Corn Tamales. I decided to make the Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales.
The red chile jackfruit filling is so flavorful and easy to make. If you haven’t worked with dried chiles before, there is no need to be intimidated by them. The sauce uses a combination of guajillo chiles and arbol chiles. The jackfruit replaces the traditional pork and honestly you can’t even tell that you aren’t eating meat.
If you have never made tamales before, it might seem a little intimating by all the different steps involved. Dora has broken down all the steps for making tamales: from the filling to the dough she walks you through the whole process from start to finish. The great thing about making tamales is that you get quite a few tamales from each recipe. I love make a bunch of tamales at one time and storing them in the freezer for quick and easy meals. The frozen tamales reheat beautifully.
If you are a fan of tamales or simply looking for more Vegan recipe books to add to your collection, Vegan Tamales Unwrapped will make a great addition to your cookbook collection. You can purchase the ebook on Amazon. If you would like to make these with fresh masa, replace the masa harina with 2 lbs. of fresh masa and use only 3/4 cup of vegetable stock. To substitute the coconut oil, you can use 8 oz. of vegetable oil or vegetable shortening. For tamales without fat, use 8 oz. of cooked, unsweetened pumpkin.
For the sauce:
For the dough:
To prepare the corn husks:
To make the sauce:
To make the filling:
To make the dough:
To set up your steamer:
To wrap the tamales:
If you would like to make these with fresh masa, replace the masa harina with 2 lbs. of fresh masa and use only 3/4 cup of vegetable stock. To substitute the coconut oil, you can use 8 oz. of vegetable oil or vegetable shortening. For tamales without fat, use 8 oz. of cooked, unsweetened pumpkin.
Dora is kindly letting me share her delicious recipe for Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales with you! Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of Vegan Tamales Unwrapped but all thoughts and opinions are my own.