Top Chef Masters, Season 1, Episode 8, Elimination Challenge
Blend corn in food processor. Add shortening, sugar, salt and baking powder. Blend smooth. Add Masa in processor until incorporated. Divide between softened banana leaves, placing in the middle.
To fold: Pick up both sides of leaves and bring them together bend the bottom half up to create a secure “bottom”, tear a piece of the leaf to tie the tamales. Steam 1 hour.
Cook beans & onion until tender in 3X the liquid (water or broth) to volume of beans. Meanwhile, blend soaked chiles with garlic until smooth. Strain into beans. Season with salt. Add kale and simmer until tender.
GLAZED MUSHROOMS AND BRAISED BEANS
Over high heat, sauté shitake in a little oil until brown. Add the salsa and agave nectar and reduce to a glaze. Toss frisee, watercress and lime. Salt.
Spoon beans on a plate, sprinkle with mushrooms. Top with Tamal. Garnish with salad.