- 2 lbs lean meat - ground - ( this can be ½ beef, ½ pork - or only beef, or chicken)
- 6 red and green chilli peppers - cut up very small- seasoning peppers, not hot
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 2 tablespoons raisins - whole
- 2 tablespoons raisins - chopped
- 3 onions - minced
- 1 bunch herbs for pastelles ( Spanish thyme, fine leaf thyme, french thyme, broad leaf thyme, basil remove stems, - use one tsp of each, cut up very small
- 8 olives - cut into very small pieces
- 6 olives, cut up and added to one cup of water to make stock
- a little tomato ketchup
- Put ground corn into a mixing bow.
- Cut margarine into small pieces and add to corn.
- Add oil, salt, sugar.
- Pour boiling water over mixture ( use 3.
- 5 cups at first ), then mix quickly with a round edged knife.
- Mixture must be smooth, but not sticky.
- Taste and add more sugar or salt, if needed.
- Heat oil, add garlic- fry until golden brown- remove garlic.
- Add meat and sauté until light brown.
- Add ketchup and worcestershire sauce.
- Turn heat low and simmer for about 5 mins.
- Add pastelle herbs, chopped chilli peppers and continue simmering until meat is tender.
- Add stock and continue to simmer until filling is tender and moist.
- Taste to see if seasonings need to be added.
Assembling the pastelles
- Prepare banana leaves - wilt leaves in boiling water, take out and wipe dry- then cut up into sizes to wrap pastelles in.
- Rub leaves with oil ( you can colour the oil with roo-coo (anatto) by putting the seeds into a piece of muslin, tied together, then soaked in hot oil ( not boiling oil otherwise the oil will turn black) - this is optional.
- Place a small ball of corn mixture on the oiled leaf, pat down.
- Place a piece of muslin over the patted down mixture and roll out thinly, using either a rolling pin or pastelle press.
- Place a tablespoon of meat filling in the centre, ad a little cut raisins, olives and capers.
- Fold half of leaf over ( lengthways ) in such a manner that the corn mixture also folds completely over the meat filling, then bring other half of the leaf over to cover.
- Use a second leaf on opposite grain, tightly fold in sides and tie up with a piece of twine.
- At this stage, you can also use a piece of foil instead of the second leaf.
- Steam pastelles covered in a colander or similar container over boiling water for 1½ hours.
- To reheat, steam pastelles just before serving.