Tallow & lard

How to Render Fat

Any kind of fat, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat, etc. (Suet works, too)

Slow cooker

Dice all your fat up into small pieces and throw into the crock pot. You can fill the slow cooker to the brim, it will cook down.

Let the fat cook on low for 24 hours, stirring it throughout the day.

You cannot rush this process.

Strain the fat into glass jars.

Season the leftover fat bits heavily with salt and enjoy a unique tasty treat.

Tamales

Tamale:

12 ounces cooked chicken, seasoned

1 whole egg

2 ounces tallow or fat of choice, melted

¼ tsp baking soda

 

Filling:

Use your own combination of sliced cheeses and already cooked meats. Ex: sliced steak, sliced chorizo sausage, chicken fajitas, etc.

Shredded cheese and crumbled meats do not work well with this recipe, they just make a big mess, but if you cook your ground beef into a patty that works a lot better.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In your blender or food processor add chicken & baking soda and begin to blend with melted tallow.

Add in the egg while the blender is on.

Let your “dough” chill covered in the fridge until firm. (About 1-2 hours, or overnight)

 

Using a large piece of parchment paper, spread half of the batter in the middle in a rectangle shape about 1 inch thick.

Layer your slice of cheese and sliced meat in the center of the batter.

Using the parchment paper, carefully wrap the meat and cheese with the batter. Folding the parchment into the shape of your fillings. Fold in the last 2 flaps underneath the tamale to hold it closed.

Place on a sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool 3-5 minutes and unwrap the parchment paper.

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