Wild Boar Tamales

Wild Boar Tamales

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Wild Boar & Wagyu Oil Tamales

Makes 8 Servings
wine WINE PAIRING
Brunello of Montalcino

In general any braised pork shoulder dish can also be made (and made more exciting) with wild boar shoulder. Here beer-braised pulled wild boar is wrapped in tamales made with wagyu oil for extra body.

You’ll likely have extra pulled wild boar, but nobody will be complaining.

Wild Boar & Wagyu Oil Tamales
INGREDIENTS
  • Braising Liquid:
  • 1 bottle Mexican Beer (we used Corona)
  • 1 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 cups of Water or low-sodium Stock
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • Dough:
  • 2 cups Corn Masa Harina
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp cold Wagyu Oil or Lard
  • 1 cup leftover Braising Liquid
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups of the Braised Wild Boar
  • ¼ cup chopped Green Onions
  • 1/2 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded & chopped
  • ½ cup leftover Braising Liquid

DIRECTIONS

1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2

Sear the cubed wild boar shoulder in a hot, oiled pot until the cubes are browned on all sides.
3

Add the braising liquid ingredients.
4

Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover the pot and move it to the oven to braise until the wild boar is tender.
5

Strain the liquid off the boar (and reserve it). Shred the meat.
6

Chill the braising liquid until the fat rises to the surface & skim it off.
7

Soak the corn husks in hot water for at least 20 minutes.
8

Mix together the dough ingredients in a large bowl until a dough forms.
9

Mix together the filling ingredients in a separate bowl.
10

Trim the narrow ends off the corn husks to make them a square.
11

Flatten ¼ cup of the dough on the bottom of a corn husk. Put a heaping tablespoon of filling in the middle. Close the dough around the filling, then wrap the husk around the dough & place it on a plate or cutting board with the ends of the husk on the bottom (to hold it closed).
12

Repeat until all the tamales are formed.
13

Put the tamales in a steamer and steam for about 40 minutes.
14

Mix together all the salsa ingredients.
15

Serve the tamales with the peppadew salsa.

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