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Pastelles

Pastelles are another favourite at Christmas time. Originally thought to come from the original Spanish settlers or even the older Amerindians! Wherever they originated, they are sure to make it to your plate around Christmas. There are many variations to this dish with some people using chicken or even soya instead of beef. The principle is the same no matter what you use.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups grated green corn or cornmeal
  • 1 lb of minced cooked meat (beef, chicken or soya for the vegetarians)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 capers or sweet pickles
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • 2 medium onions
  • ¼ Cup of cooking oil
  • ¼ sweet pepper
  • 2 blades of chive
  • Banana leaves cut in 8″ squares

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Method

  1. Chop all the green seasonings finely and mix with the meat. Brown it in hot oil
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, raisins, and sweet pepper. Blend them well together
  3. Clean banana leaves with a damp cloth and steam them over hot water to make them pliable
  4. Crush corn and dampen with a little salted water, butter the leaf squares and spread with the corn mixture
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture on each square leaving a 1-inch border
  6. Fold over the edges and tie securely into a parcel, using thread
  7. Then steam for about 1 hour

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