We've been seeing an advertising crawl on TV for Granny's Tamales ever since arriving in Walla Walla at the beginning of July. Looking them up online, I discovered that it is a family-owned business that originally started in Corpus Christi, Texas (where we spent the month of January!) using their grandmother's recipe. The business expanded to Walla Walla when another sibling decided to start making the tamales here.
We noticed that they had a booth at the Downtown Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings and finally, on our last Saturday in town, decided it was high time we give them a try.
We had chosen several flavors we wanted to try before we even got there. So at the booth, we were a bit taken aback to learn that you have to buy a dozen of the same flavor as that is how they are sold and packaged. It keeps them warm bundled together that way and is certainly simpler for the staff.
At $12 a dozen and having only one night to eat them all, we weren't going to be able to taste a variety of different flavors, like we hoped. We finally settled on the chicken jalepeno cream cheese and purchased a dozen to take home. They told us that was their most popular flavor.
I popped them into the fridge when we got back "home", and at dinner time, simply heated them in the microwave in their husks.
These are not large tamales, so a dozen was the perfect number for a dinner for the two of us: I ate five, and Barry ate seven. I made baby kale with Walla Walla onions and cherry tomatoes as a side dish.
So how did they taste? Yummy! There wasn't a lot of noticeable chicken, but the filling was spicy and good. Accompanied with chips, guac, and a Corona with lime, this was the perfect late-summer meal out on the deck.
We're glad we finally tried Granny's Tamales. They were a great way to finish up our summer here in Walla Walla!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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