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I need my hallaca navideña fix, please...?

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It's this time of the year, I'll have a fit unless I can at get my teeth at one of these beauties.
Anyone in the know please tell now!
http://archivo.eluniversal.com/2004/1...

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  1. Pardon my ignorance (I don't read spanish that well), but that looks like a tamale wrapped in banana leaf instead of cornhusk. Whats the difference between a hallaca navidena and a tamale?!

    1. Done in Venezuela once a year for Christmas, the entire family female community gets together, put together an amazing mix of ingredients under the strict directives of the family matriarch.
      Long preparation, a flavor that varies from family to family.
      Never the same, layers and layers of complex flavors, pretty much like an old Bordeaux from a famous Chateau.
      You can call it a tamal on steroids, if you want.
      I'm not Venezuelan, but lived there many years, and will never ever be able to forget the many hallaca-related marvellous chow experiences I enjoyed every Christmas season.