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Honor your heritage and your taste buds with real milk and embrace our recipes and past times like cooking together and showing love through food and nourishment. Real dairy milk is wholesome, simple, and affordable - it enhances some of life's most loved moments.

Real milk helps us give our kids nutrients they need to grow strong and makes any dish creamier, more delicious. It's no wonder it's been such an important part of our culture for generations.

Tamales Chef Claudette's Carnitas Tamales PRNewsfoto/MilkPEP

Chef Claudette's Carnitas Tamales 
Yield:  1 dozen

Ingredients

Tamal Batter                                                     

  • 2 cups Masa Harina                                                         
  • 4 ½ cups broth (protein or vegetable)                     
  • ¾ cup lard or shortening                                               
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Filling   

  •  3 lb. pork shoulder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper                                                         
  • 2 cups of milk                                                                          
  • 1 orange                                                                              
  • 1 cup brown sugar                                           
  • 1 lb. coconut oil                                                 
  • 3 cloves garlic                                                     
  • ½ cup onion, small dice

Salsa Verde                                                        

  • 1 lb. tomatillos, peeled and washed                        
  • 1 bunch cilantro, clean                                   
  • ½ onion, diced                                                   
  • 3 cloves garlic                                     
  • 2 serrano peppers                                                                           

Notes: You will need 12-inch squares of banana leave wraps, corn husks or frozen leaves

Preparation Method

Carnitas

  • Place meat, garlic, onion, bay leaves, milk, salt, and pepper into a medium pot.
  • Once it reaches a boil add, coconut oil, orange slices and, brown sugar, cook on medium-low until tender.
  • Fork test before pulling for tamales.

Tamal

  •  Mix masa and broth together until all broth is absorbed, whip in lard, and salt until smooth.

Salsa Verde

  • Toast all ingredients until soft and caramelized in a dry comal.
  • Blend vegetables and season with salt as you like.

When making tamales:  

  • Place 1/4 cup of masa per leaf and spread thin. Add 2 tablespoons of carnitas and salsa. Carefully close and tie ends. Steam for 30 min approx. in steamer. Remove one and let it cool before removing all from heat. They will set at room temperature.
  • Enjoy with a tall glass of milk.