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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WHAT ARE PASTELES?

Pasteles come from the people of Puerto Rico, I personally have never made pasteles before, but have friends that make it. To be honest I've ate it like only a few times when someone would bring it to work. One was filled simply with potatoes, onions and some chorizo. One was filled with ground spicy pork, both were kind of on the pasty side. Both were wrapped in banana leaves with parchment paper.

Since my place of residence does not have many Puerto Rican eateries, or people that make pasteles, the next best thing was to use technology via the internet. And mind you, these photos are from Google Images and a video from You Tube. Let's just say we are learning together. If I ever make pasteles, I'd like to learn from someone's mom, or sister, or relative that does it with love you know? I mean, I could learn from watching or reading a book, but there's nothing like learning by watching in person. You get to touch and taste and of course smell the process.

Here's a few photos from Google Images.


FINISHED PASTELE 
Notice the banana leaves
PASTELE FROM HAWAII
Because pasteles are steamed, it's a moist product
FROM A REAL PUERTO RICAN HOME
Notice these are huge looking pasteles

HERE IS A YOUTUBE VIDEO A GOOD ONE

Chef Julio's Making Pasteles Video
Click on this link to watch


Notice that when you watch this video it is about 30 minutes in length, chef uses fresh fresh plantains and bananas, and you'll see him using a whole pork butt or pork shoulder from the market, he uses his chef's knife to trim off the fat, and removes the meat from the shoulder bone. Just watch him do this, it's very interesting and he is a true Puerto Rican that loves to cook, I been searching and this video seems to be one that I'd watch to learn.

Okay now let's me and you go to the store and get our ingredients and try to make pasteles. 

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