Trinidad Cornmeal Pastelle


Trinidad Cornmeal Pastelle

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Yield: 12

  • 1 lb minced beef
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch chive
  • 1 bunch big leaf thyme
  • 1 hot pepper to taste, finely chopped
  • 1 pimento pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 20 leaves chadon beni
  • 1 bunch fine leaf thyme
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup roucou (or ketchup)
  • 2 tbsp. capers (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. raisins (optional)
  • 8 olives chopped finely (optional)
  • DOUGH:
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal (Promasa)
  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • ¼ lb butter, unsalted
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • Wrapping:
  • 2 -3 large fig (banana) leaves
  • Strings to tie
  • Note: Nutritional facts include optional ingredients.
  1. Season the meat. Stew the seasoned meat for 15 minutes. Cook well, then add the roucou or ketchup. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Combine cornmeal, water, salt, and butter to make a soft pliable dough. Divide the dough into small balls (about 12). Cover with damp cloth to prevent drying.
  3. Cut the fig leaves and strip them from the midrib. Singe the leaf over a low fire on the stove. Wipe clean.
  4. Grind the green seasoning. Mince the meat again to make it smoother. Combine the seasoning and the meat and place back on the stove. Mix thoroughly and add salt to taste. Allow to cool.
  5. Dip the ball in the oil. Place on an oiled fig leaf. Use a wooden press to help flatten out the dough. Spoon about 2 tbsp meat filling to the centre of the dough.
  6. Fold the fig leaf and tie into a neat package using the string. Place in a pot of water and boil for 15-20 minutes. When cooked, drain the water.


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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • calories

    91 kcal
  • Protein

    2.4 g
  • Carbohydrate

    6 g
  • Fat, Total

    6 g
  • Cholesterol

    6.9 mg
  • Dietary Fiber, Total

    0.7 g
  • Sugar, Total

    1.7 g
  • Vitamin A (RAE)

    60 ug
  • Calcium

    12 mg
  • Magnesium

    8 mg
  • Potassium

    89 mg
  • Sodium

    388 mg

Comments (2)

  1. posted by Dee Carlene Salas on December 15, 2013

    Your calorie counts are definitely wrong! How did you arrive at that number….

    • posted by Felix on December 15, 2013

      Hi Dee,
      We are not making up these figures. This link will explain the program we use. Also, note that we do not claim it to be 100% accurate, but definitely not wrong. Please, note the nutrition facts are a guide for readers.

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