Dec. 24, 2010 10:44 am
Updated: Dec. 26, 2010 3:56 pm
Pastelles are a traditional food for a Trini Christmas. Somewhat like the Mexican tamales, they are made from a beef or chicken filling folded into a cornmeal-based dough, wrapped in banana leaves (or foil), then tied and steamed. If you do them entirely
from "scratch", the traditional way, it takes quite a while. But they freeze well, are wonderful gifts, and are appreciated by all!
Here's a link to an excellent recipe: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/pastelles/<
Cutting the banana leaves.
Taking off the waxy coating of the leaves.
Wiping down the leaves.
Meat mixture onto the corn dough.
Wrapping the pastelle.
Pastelles tied and ready to steam.