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Definition: What are Tamales?
Found in most of Central America as well as Mexico, tamales are a traditional Latin American dish made of cornmeal dough (called masa) filled with meats, cheeses, dried fruit, or sweet corn (my favorite). Tamales are wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves, steamed, and served hot. Though tamales can be found in high-class Central America restaurants, the best ones are sold by streetside vendors.
Pronunciation: Tah-MAL-leh
Also Known As: Bollo (in Belize)
Alternate Spellings: Tamal
Tamale recipes from About.com include...

How to Make Tamales
Tamale Dough Recipe
Beef Tamale Pie
South American Tamales
Fresh Corn Tamales
Chocolate Tamale Recipe
Pulled Pork Tamales

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