Sweet Corn Elote Tamales from Molly's Tamales
|Sweet corn elote tamales with cheese and nopalitos from Molly's Tamales.|
This week: Elote y Nopalito Tamales hand-crafted by Molly's Tamales.
|A bag of sweet corn elote tamales from Molly's Tamales.|
All of Molly's Tamales are made lard- and shortening-free, opting instead for oil (and sometimes a smidgen of buttah), to keep them light, moist, and not too bad for you. The shop offers a wide variety of vegetarian tamales, and even a couple vegan options like the black bean, corn and chipotle chile. All of this may sounds a bit hoity toity for the humble tamale, but the flavor of these masa bombs will more than sway your opinion.
(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)
|Look for the dancing tamale that graces the storefront of Molly's Tamales.|
With the added sweet corn and cheese, the flavor was similar to some of the moistest corn bread we've ever had the pleasure of consuming, shoved smack dab in the middle of a tamale. After eating one tamale naked in order to judge its merit, we smothered our next tamale in spicy avocado salsa and indulged in a bit of delicious, gluttonous abandon.
Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: Molly's Tamales is open 9-5 on weekdays, and sometimes tours the farmers market circuit on the weekends. One thing we've heard from others is that the meaty offerings run a bit on the mild side, but that you can call ahead and order and ask Miss Molly to spice it up to your desired level of nose-running burn.
Know of any Mexican gems in the valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.