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Tamales (similar to polenta)

    6 cups grated or ground corn
    400 to 800g pork (bacon or bacon)
    1 large onion
    12 cloves of garlic
    1/4 teaspoon of pepper
    2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
    A pinch of cumin and salt to taste
    6 cachucha peppers
    3 coriander leaves
    A few chopped chives
    2 tablespoons of oil

In Cuba, tamales are a kind of pancake made from cornmeal, wrapped in banana leaves (in the east of the country only) or corn on the cob, steamed, bain-marie or in the oven. There are different types, depending on the delicacy that is put inside and the ingredients that are added to it.
In America the word tamal is also synonymous with ball, a large, poorly shaped mass. This is applied particularly in Cuba, to overweight or poorly built people, dressed in clothes that are too tight or clingy, in the following expression:
Because it's a badly-desired tamal.
Every day a tamale seller passes under my balcony. We almost have to go down and buy it from him, it's so good. It is a very typical dish of the country, rich and tasty, enough for a meal. But we can also prepare it at home, a festive symbol of family reunion on any Sunday.

The corn, a dozen ears of corn, must be grated, ground and then seasoned in its juice with a good sofrito, our magic sauce, either small pieces of bacon, or bacon or even pork (800 g) in very small pieces, well browned in 2 tablespoons of oil with 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce, cumin and salt to taste, a small teaspoon of pepper, a few cloves of garlic, a dozen small peppers, a few coriander leaves and finely chopped chives.
You can add olives or capers, if available.
With all this mixed well, we will fill pockets made with two to three corn leaves, which must then be tied well with a thread.
Three-quarters of an hour of cooking in a pressure cooker or an hour in a bain-marie and here you have beautiful corn balls to serve hot and preferably with Cuban fricassee pork or a spicy sauce.
A real treat that brings the whole family together to prepare it and then taste it, not without a good cold beer.

Tamales (similar to polenta)
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