Low-carb stuffed tamal casserole

Low-carb stuffed tamal casserole

Tamales are a staple in various Latin cultures across the Caribbean and Latin America. This low-carb casserole takes the best parts of tamales, the flavorful pulled pork, and re-creates the textures of corn masa with cauliflower and a little magic. Baked up in layers for an easy slice of nostalgia! The perfect recipe to use up leftover pulled pork.

Low-carb stuffed tamal casserole

Tamales are a staple in various Latin cultures across the Caribbean and Latin America. This low-carb casserole takes the best parts of tamales, the flavorful pulled pork, and re-creates the textures of corn masa with cauliflower and a little magic. Baked up in layers for an easy slice of nostalgia! The perfect recipe to use up leftover pulled pork.
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6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1 1 large cauliflower
  • 4 4 garlic clove, peeledgarlic cloves, peeled
  • 13 cup 75 ml lard
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp fine salt
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp (15 g) ground psyllium husk powder or golden flax meal
  • 2 2 large egglarge eggs
  • 15 oz. 425 g pork shoulder made into pulled pork, fully cooked (see notes)

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cut cauliflower into small florets. Add to the bowl of a food processor with the garlic cloves, in batches. Pulse to create a fine rice, almost paste like consistency with the cauliflower.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower mix to a large bowl and mix the fat, the seasonings and the psyllium husk until well combined. Add in the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  4. Use a 6-cup glass baking dish and add half of the cauliflower dough to it. Use a spatula to spread it out and flatten to the bottom of the dish.
  5. Add the pulled pork and distribute in one, even, layer. Top with the remaining cauliflower dough, and spread it out evenly.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cut into pieces. Serve hot!

Pulled pork

This recipe calls for ready-made pulled pork (ideally leftovers), but of course you can prepare that separately beforehand. It will take some extra effort and time, so first take a look at our pulled pork recipe and when the pork is ready, return to this recipe to assemble the stuffed tamal casserole.

Lechón Asado is the ideal pork for this. A Cuban recipe made with a citrus and herb marinade, but you can use any type of pulled pork you like!

Storing the dish

This dish stores well. Wrap tightly and store in the fridge up to 4 days.

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