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California Shortcut "“Tamales”"

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Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cups masa harina (corn flour) – 3/4 cup California milk – 1/2 cup chicken stock – 5 tablespoons softened California butter, divided – 3/4 teaspoon baking powder – 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt – 1 cup chopped California Oaxaca, Asadero or Monterey Jack cheese, divided – 2 tablespoons diced green chiles – 4 fried eggs

Directions:

We’ve used the same ingredients as traditional tamales but streamlined the process. Great for breakfast, brunch or a quick dinner.

Makes 4 servings.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Stir together masa, milk, stock, 3 tablespoons butter, baking powder, garlic salt and 3/4 cup cheese in a medium bowl (dough will be soft).

Divide into 8 equal pieces and shape each into a 1/2-inch thick circle.

Place equal amounts cheese and chiles in the center of 4 circles.

Cover with remaining circles and press lightly to enclose, pinching edges well to seal in ingredients.

Melt remaining butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add masa circles and cook for 5 minutes.

Turn and cover skillet; cook for 5 minutes more or until golden brown on both sides, adding additional butter if desired.

Top each with a fried egg and serve with salsa, avocado, unsalted crema and snipped fresh cilantro.

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