i used to be a HUGE amy’s tamale fan until i learned to make my own- and make lunches at home in general. but today was another one of those days where i had dinner out the night before, and a barren fridge before me, so to the freezer section i ran. when i make tamales at home i almost always make a gallon of Terry Romero’s tomatillo sauce, so i picked up the verde tamales to see how they compared. as i suspected, they were sweeter, with a very pronounced garlic flavor, and the masa was considerably softer- perhaps to keep them from becoming bricks in the microwave? they’re definitely not what your abuelita` makes, but in a pinch they were definitely tasty.
oh, the spanish rice was nothing to write home about, but i find most spanish rice disappointing :/