How to Wrap a Tamale

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How to Wrap a Tamale
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Assembling tamales — like our version based on an Ecuadoran recipe — becomes fun for the whole family when you use parchment paper wraps instead of the usual delicate corn husks.

What you'll need

  • Dough and filling for tamales
  • 10- by 12-inch sheets parchment paper (1 for each tamale)
  • 30-inch lengths kitchen twine (1 for each tamale)

How to make it

  1. How to Wrap a Tamale - Step 1

    Bring the long sides of the paper together and fold them down along the center of the tamale.

  2. How to Wrap a Tamale - Step 2

    Fold in the short ends of the paper and flip the tamale so that it's seam side down.

  3. How to Wrap a Tamale - Step 3

    Slide a loop of twine beneath the tamale as shown.

  4. How to Wrap a Tamale - Step 4

    Thread the loose ends of the twine through the top loop and pull them taut across the center of the tamale.

  5. How to Wrap a Tamale - Step 5

    Flip the tamale and tie the twine.

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