Signature Pasteles

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Pasteles (Puerto Rican Tamales) 

  • Original One Dozen (12) Pork Shoulder Filled Pasteles
  • Half Dozen (6) Pork Shoulder Filled Pasteles
  • Banana Leaf
  • Contains One (1) Olive

Puerto Rican Christmas Tradition! If you’ve ever had a Mexican tamale, you’re already familiar with the concept of a pasteles. However, pasteles masa are made with green bananas and plantains instead of corn. My signature mix is a green banana and plantain base masa. In addition to the green bananas, I add a small number of other roots that soften the paste.

Cooking Instructions:

  • Add as much hot water as needed to almost submerge the pasteles. Cover with banana leaves (not necessary).
  • Let the pasteles cook for about a 1 hour or more, adding water as needed, don't let the water dry out. 
  • Recommended: do a taste test, needed to ensure that the pasteles are fully cooked.
  • Turn the heat off and let the pasteles sit in the pot for for about an additional 20 minutes, so it cools down.
  • Carefully remove pasteles with tongs.
  • Transfer the pasteles to a serving dish and take off strings. Carefully open pasteles – it releases hot steam as you open.
  • Serve warm.

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