I have mentioned in a previous post about the culinary SIG group I am involved with in the San Antonio Herb Society. This month we made tamales.
The hostess for our tamalada is vegan, so we all came prepared with vegan tamale fillings and vegan snacks for the day. She emailed us all a long list of possible vegan tamale filling recipes and a list of where we could shop to find the ingredients.
After reading through her list of recipes I decided to just make up my own filling (no surprise there!) I wanted to use some of the Anaheim peppers and red bell peppers that I was able to pick out of the garden before the freeze we had last week. I pared those peppers with onions, and vegan cream cheese and it turned out to be a wonderful filling. I did removed the ribs and spines from the Anaheim peppers, but the filling was still quite hot when I taste tested it at home after I make it.
Everyone brought tasty fillings and we all shared. The majority of the fillings were savory, but there were two thoughtful creative ladies that brought sweet fillings. Whipped pumpkin and also apple and nut. We all voted for more of those sweet fillings next year.
We all had a great day and filled many baggies with homemade tamales. Normally we all bring food to eat, but our hostess advised against anything big and recommended quick finger food if we felt we must bring something. She also had made some tamales ahead of time so we could munch on and enjoy those throughout the day. I couldn’t resist (and I had bought an extra container of vegan cream cheese because I didn’t know how much I would need) so I made up a container of stuffed celery.
My first Tamalada was a huge success. We have already voted to put it on culinary SIG calendar for next year.
Vegan Stuffed Celery
- Walnuts – chopped
- Green Olive w/Pimentos – chopped
- Vegan Cream Cheese (used an 8 oz container)
- Paprika for a final dusting
Mix all ingredients together. Cut bit size pieces of celery. “Fill” celery with mixture. Sprinkle paprika over top. YUM!
My Pepper Tamale Filling:
- Anaheim Peppers – remove ribs & seeds if desired, then shop
- Red Bell Peppers – remove ribs & seeds – chop
- Onion – peel and chop
Saute all peppers and onions together. Put in bowl and let cool a bit. Stir in vegan (or regular) cream cheese. Salt to your taste.