Guanimes (Puerto Rican Tamales)
1 pound yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon salt
10 to 12 plantain or banana leaves, or parchment paper
3 quarts salted water
1 Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small saucepan bring the milk,
cinnamon sticks, and salt to a boil. Remove the cinnamon sticks and add the milk slowly
to the dry ingredients. Mix until the liquid is absorbed.
2 Cut the plantain leaves in pieces large enough to wrap 1/4 cup of the dough in each
(about 8x8 inches). put the dough in the center of a plantain leaf. Fold up the sides and
ends and tie with butcher's twine. Repeat until all of the corn mixture has been used.
3 Bring the salted water to a boil in a very large pot. Add the guanimes and simmer for
1 hour. To serve, unwrap the guanimes and place on a platter. Serve with salt codfish
stew or mojito isleno.
Puerto Rican Recipes