Puerto Rican Pasteles
Puerto Rican Pasteles, Recipes, Facts & Puerto Rican Pastele Machines
For many Puerto Rican families, the quintessential holiday season dish is Pasteles, which English-speakers often literally translate to pies. Pasteles are not a sweet pastry or cake, but a soft dough-like mass wrapped in a banana or plantain leaf and boiled. In the center of the dough are choice pieces of chopped meat, shellfish, chicken, raisins, spices, capers, olives, sofrito and often garbanzo beans. Puerto Rican Pasteles are similar in shape, size, and cooking technique to Latin American tamales.