This IS an authentic pastelle recipe unlike previously stated. Life is infact BIGGER than Puerto Rico and this is how pastelles are made in the southern Caribbean, specifically Trinidad...by way of Venezuela.
Please no small minded individuals.
Oh My!!!, 11/3/2006
Reviewer: Drizznjaxx from Boston
This is not a traditional Pasteles Recipe. We Puertoricans don't use cornflour in our pasteles we use plantains!! I don't know who came up with this recipe but to me this sounds like a recipe for Tamales. PLEASE SOMEONE SUBMIT THE CORRECT INFO. I was completely baffled when I read this recipe.
Hallacas (or ayacas), 12/26/2005
Reviewer: weezie from usa
Mostly made in South America & dutch/other caribbean islands ...This version might not be as popular in PR; but it's 'pastelles' nonetheless. "Anything" wrapped in a banana leaf, plantain leaf, corn husk (or aluminum foil, for the deprived of tropical resources) is called 'pasteles'...
Reviewer: tikitiah from Tumwater, WA
Pork not beef! Where's the shredded/grated/cuisinarted plantains/green bananas. This was a travesty. Banana leaves vs. ti leaves (Hawaiian Island Puerto Rican background) is debatable, however the cornmeal without any banana base is not! And, where did the thyme come from! Very disappointed. Did make an allowance for the beef vs. pork issue and "the juice wasn't worth the squeeze". Basic oomph to recipe is from the indentation filled with meat (pork best) cooked in (better than you offered) sofrito and garnished by an OLIVE. Raisins are heresy, though allowable for Argentinians, in my family (Montihos from Ponce)! I remained shocked!
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