In the Southwest of the United States, tamales are often part of celebration meals. A mixture of meat, peppers, cheese, and corn flour wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. The preparation of these parcels takes a little work; family and friends come together to make an assembly line: preparing the leaves, mixing the filling, folding and cooking. And let the party begin!
Be careful not to confuse corn flour with cornmeal, which is used in preparing polenta. Corn flour has the same texture as all-purpose flour but is yellow in colour.
Variation To prepare a chicken filling, replace the shrimp with about 1 1/2 skinless and boneless chicken breast, cooked and sliced into thin strips.