I guess if one waits long enough, everything ends up in the deep fryer. Fried ice cream, fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, you name it. I was in Mexico recently and came across a street vendor offering tamales dorados. Deep-fried tamales. I noticed that she had to use a protective cover when she put them in the hot oil, as the salsa would leak out and explode. They didn't look that great but they were delicious as the masa got really crispy. So this holiday season, if you're planning to deep-fry your turkey, don't forget to throw some tamales into the pot.
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I would recommend that you get a selection of tamales from Dona Tere. The place specializes in the larger Mexico City-style tamales like you see in these photos.
-- Jay Francis