Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
From one of my boyfriend's coworkers wives.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs diced beef
- 1 1⁄2 lbs diced pork
- 2 cups water
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup canned chick-peas
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 4 onions, chopped
- 2 green bell peppers, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground dried chili
- 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons capers
- 1⁄2 cup seedless raisin
- 1⁄2 cup sliced stuffed olives
- 3 cups cornmeal
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1⁄3 cup butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Combine beef, pork, water, and garlic in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes. Drain and chop coarsely. Add the chickpeas, mixing lightly.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the tomatoes, onions, peppers, chile, parsley, 2 tsp of salt, vinegar, sugar and the meat mixture. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add the capers, raisins, and olivs. Mix lightly, set aside.
- Mix the cornmeal with a little cold water. Add to the boiling water in a saucepan, stirring constantly. Add the butter and remaining salt. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the eggs, beating until a smooth dough is formed.
- Butter a 3-qt round or square baking dish. Line it with 2/3 of the cornmeal mixture and pour the meat mixture into it. Spread the remaining corn meal on top. Cover the dish with a piece of foil and tie it. Place in a pan of water. Bake at 350 deg. F for 1 hour.
- Venezuelan method: The dish is prepared in teh form of tamales. Banana leaves are used for warpping the hallacas, but foil or parchment paper will serve as a substitute. Cut 10in squares of either. Spread about 4 tbsp of the cornmeal dough in the center and press as thin as possible. Place 2 tbsp of the meat mixture on the dough and fold over, sealing the edges as well as possible. If the dough breaks, patch it wiht a little more dough. Fold the paper around the hallacas carefully and tie securely. If foil is used, it is not necessary to tie it. Boil in a large saucepan of salted water for 1.5 hours.