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tamales and ???

mousse Oct 9, 2012 11:27 AM

A friend just gave me a dozen meat tamales. What should I serve with them to have a nice complete meal?

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  1. JungMann RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 11:58 AM

    The nixtamalized corn and filling that comprises most tamales is a fairly complete meal. If you want a few options for sides just for contrast, consider something crunchy like a jicama and citrus slaw, maybe some cheese and rice bake that you can drizzle with salsa and a simple dessert.

    1. ipsedixit RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 11:59 AM

      A cold Cerveza.

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        cocktailhour RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 12:09 PM

        some salsa perhaps, depending on the filling, or some sort of sauce, but then I love sauce and it's not standard with tamales. refried beans--I prefer pinto. chile relleno, depending on how many tamales per person.

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          travelerjjm RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 12:25 PM

          I often serve tamales with red chile sauce, cheese, shredded lettuce and maybe tomato. After steaming I remove them from the corn husks, add chile sauce and cheese and pop under the broiler until the cheese melts. Then I serve them with lettuce, tomato and more sauce on the table. That makes a complete meal for me and we have it breakfast, lunch or dinner. I suppose you could add a fried egg on top (under the sauce and cheese) if you wanted.

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            Plano Rose RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 01:07 PM

            Serve with chili gravy, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and flour tortillas.

            1. Uncle Bob RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 01:07 PM

              Saltine Crackers, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Cold Beer.

              Have Fun!

              1. chefj RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 05:39 PM

                Mexican Coleslaw, Shredded Cabbage, Cilantro, Green Chili, Salt and Lime Juice
                Frijoles De La Olla
                Watermelon,Cucumber and Radish Salad
                Roasted Winter Squash with Honey and Chipotle

                1. Veggo RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 05:48 PM

                  Hot tamales, guacamole, cold cerveza, rock and rolly.

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                    sedimental RE: mousse Oct 9, 2012 09:47 PM

                    I love BIG green salads. Tonight I did a nice "Mexican" style green salad: greens, tomato, julienned carrots, green onion, and corn. I made a salad dressing with red salsa and Mexican creme with diced Serrano peppers. It was perfect.

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