My favorite way to eat tamales is by refrying them with a fried egg on top. Amazing! I remember how the love for this started. I was in my formidable teenage years and it was New Year’s day. We were at my Tia Rosie's house eating breakfast and I remember all the adults laughing around the table, nursing their hangovers as they talked about the highlights of the previous night’s big New Year’s Eve party. It was my grandpa who walked into the room with a steaming hot plate in his hands. I could tell he was anxious to start eating whatever was on his plate and didn't want any interruptions as he ate. I had to get up and take a look at his plate to see what all the hubbub was about.
That’s when I first saw and heard of fried tamales with a fried egg on top. It seemed a bit strange and yet super good. I asked my grandpa where this dish came from and in a loud, angry, annoyed voice, he barked at me: "Don't worry about it. Just eat it ‘cause it's good!" And that's how my mantra for this lovely dish started.