PASTELES (Puerto rican pasteles)

Ingredients

  • Cooking Time: heat for 1 -1/2
  • Servings: 1620 pasteles.
  • Preparation Time: 2:00 h:m
  • Ingredients for the filling:
  • 1/2 cup lard or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon annatto seeds
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean pork, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 pound fatback or 45 bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 23 small sweet green peppers (aj? dulces), seeded and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 4 leaves fresh culantro (or cilantrillo, or both), coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 16-ounce can chickpeas (reserve the liquid)
  • 1/3 cup pitted green olives, sliced into thin rounds, with 1 tablespoon liquid
  • 1 tablespoon capers (optional)
  • Ingredients for the dough:
  • 2 large green plantains
  • 23 green bananas
  • 2 pounds yautia (taro root, malanga, dasheen)
  • 1 cup broth reserved from cooking the filling
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Ingredients for the wrapping:
  • 1-pound package frozen or fresh banana leaves cut into 12-inch squares, spines removed
  • 20 sheets of parchment paper 12' x 18' (If banana leaves are not available, parchment paper may be used for entire wrapping)
  • String or butchers twine

Description

In Puerto Rico, These Wrapped Goodies Are Made In Large Quantities During The Holidays, Often With Several Family Members Sharing In The Tasks Of Preparation. A Food Processor Or Blender Makes The Job..

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