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Puerto Rican Pasteles (Stuffed Plantain Leaves)


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Puerto Rican Pasteles (Stuffed Plantain Leaves)
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Pasteles is a traditional Puerto Rican recipe for meat-stuffed plantain leaves, usually served for Christmas: here's how to make Puerto Rican pasteles at home.

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  • Recipe category Main course
  • Recipe yield 8
  • Recipe cuisine Central/South American

How to Make Puerto Rican Pasteles Recipe

To prepare the Puerto Rican pasteles recipe (stuffed plantain leaves) first place the shredded vegetables, liquid seasoning, salt, and milk into a food processor; pulse until well blended.

In a small sauce pan, warm the olive oil and mix with annatto powder.

Pour into food processor and pulse together with vegetable mixture.

Take a piece of plantain leave, add a teaspoon of oil and rub onto the leave.

Add about 3 tablespoons of the vegetable mixture and top with about 1 ½ tablespoons meat filling.

Fold one side over the filling; fold opposite side in, folding around until there is no excess vertically.

Fold in the ends to completely close in the filling.

Tie cooking string around like a gift to secure.

Place the Puerto Rican pasteles into a large pot of boiling water and let cook for 45 minutes.

Carefully unwrap the Puerto Rican pasteles and serve.

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