Last night I made my third attempt at tamales and I think I've got a winner. Masa, spices, water, and...wait for it...rendered bacon lard. Stuffed with leftover chicken taco meat (various peppers, onions, and grilled chicken), steamed for an hour and a half, and served with a red sauce, cheese, and olives. Ay carumba!
The smell of corn masa and bacon fat steaming together is relatively intoxicating, especially with the windows open last night because of the unseasonably cool weather. It may be a newish dish to me as a cook but it definitely is comfort food!