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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:<

Cutting the banana leaves.
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Taking off the waxy coating of the leaves.
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Wiping down the leaves.
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Meat mixture.
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Meat mixture onto the corn dough.
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Wrapping the pastelle.
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Pastelles tied and ready to steam.
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Dec. 25, 2010 4:18 pm
Wow, now that is neat! So unique too, thanks for sharing and such great photos as well.
Dec. 25, 2010 9:12 pm
Very cool. They look very tasty. When you put so much effort in a dish, it somehow tastes that much better!
Dec. 26, 2010 5:01 am
I saw a banana tree for the first time this Thanksgiving in Key West. We are from the Northeast visiting my parents in St. Pete. Although I,ve heard of this dish, I never appreciated the process of making it until I viewed your photos.
Dec. 26, 2010 3:56 pm
Wow! What a wonderful tradition! Looks delicious!
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