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Grain-Free Yucatan Tamales

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Yucatan tamalesWhat could be more enticing than a tender, fragrant home-made tamale? Pillowy soft steamed masa on the outside, secret pockets of glorious filling and sauce on the inside. Home-made food is all about the love, and this recipe has that and more, because it’s also all about the carbs, or, more specifically, the lack of them. You see, these babies bypass the use of corn for the masa, opting instead to incorporate our old friend, the cauliflower. Yes, it can be done! This new take on a traditional food is actually easier to make, since we’ll be using parchment paper instead of corn husks, and baking in the oven instead of steaming on the stove. This technique allows the excess moisture in the cauliflower masa to evaporate out, and the eggs provide the necessary lift to make the dough puff up. The Yucatan Rojo Rub adds a subtle, spicy note that helps tame the flavor of the cauliflower, and the nutritional yeast adds a touch of umami. We’ve used any number of fillings for these tamales, from a quick store bought pork chili verde to the our own slow cooker Yucatan Rojo Pulled Pork recipe. So gather up a few extra hands, and get ready for a tamale party!

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