Another installment from @theprimalfocus
If you have ever had tamales, you can agree that they are some of the best street food snacks of all time. Piping hot spicy meats wrapped up in soft corn dumplings. My goodness! Yum. It takes me back to living in the Yucatan and having little abuelitas setting up their wagons and carts in the early afternoon heat with giant stainless steel makeshift steamers on the street corners. The pots are piping that gorgeous sweet corn and stewed meat scent into the air, beckoning all to partake… and I did, far too often. I mean, I’m a busy gal, and it’s a handheld meal! My only complaint is that it was never the meat to corn ratio I would prefer (mostly corn… it’s cheaper) and that there is rarely a vegetable in sight. When I hone my inner grandma and make my own tamales, the meat is almost always spilling out, just the way I like. I also added vegetables because the Rainshadow CSA always has your fridge full of all sorts of weird bits and bobs. Even familiar produce gets boring if you make it the same way every time, so I set out to incorporate what I had on hand to really beef up the meal… well, without beef. It turned out pretty fantastic, so without further ado, here are beef broccoli beet tamales with roasted tomatillo salsa. I hope you enjoy!