Humitas (chilean tamales)Submitted by: OHTHEANGST
IntroductionThis is one of my favorite dishes in the world, to me there are very few comfort foods that can rival a good humita, give it a shot, chances are you will love it too. This is one of my favorite dishes in the world, to me there are very few comfort foods that can rival a good humita, give it a shot, chances are you will love it too.
* 6 fresh corn ears
* 2 onions
* 1 cup of milk
* 1 rama(s) basil
* 2 tbsp oil
* salt to taste
1.- Cut the corn ears in the lower part where the grains start with a knife, giving special attention to get the pluck the leaves with ease and without damage them.
2.- Peel the corns taking off the hairs (you can reserve them for infusion, makes a great mild diuretic, is excellent for period time).
3.- Select the big clean leaves in pairs of two and set them apart.
4.- Chop the corn grains and pass them for the machine for mince meat with the basil, if you dont own one of these machines you can grate it.
5.- Reserve your processed corn in a pot. Peal the onions and chop them very finely.
6.-Fry the onion in a pan with just enough oil for coat it. Once fried add to the mixture of corn together with the milk.
7.- Spice with salt and oil to taste.
8.- Fill the reserved leaves of corn with the mixture forming a pocket or papillette (papillon), finally tie them with stripes of smaller leaves.
9.- Put the neatly "packaged" humitas to boil in a pan with plenty of boiling salted water for 45 minutes aprox.
10.- When you open them you can sprinkle them with sugar if you want, or even use some chile on them, enjoy the fruits of your hard work ^^
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Number of Servings: 4
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user OHTHEANGST.