trinidadian vegan (or fishy) pastelles

October 5, 2012

To prepare fig leaves (or corn husks), steam them in a large pot of boiling water for ten minutes until they become pliable and soft. They may also be softened by waving them over an open flame. You can also use sheets of tin foil.

Cornmeal dough and pastelle assembly


2 cups yellow cornmeal
3 cups hot water
1/2 cup butter (or lard)
1 1/4 tsp salt

1. In a food processor or by hand, combine cornmeal with butter and salt.
2. Add water and process to make a soft, pliable dough.
3. Divide the dough into 12 balls. Cover with a damp cloth to prevent drying.
4. Place one piece of dough on a greased fig leaf and press into an eight-inch square.
5. Spoon two tablespoons of filling onto the middle of the dough and fold and seal pastelles.
6. Wrap in fig leaf and tie into a neat package. (you can also use foil)
7. Steam pastelles for 45 minutes until cooked.


Sarina’s Vegan Sweet Potato Pastelles

2 1/2 cups finely grated sweet potato
2 medium-large onions, minced
1 cup chopped chives
2 pimento peppers, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped olives
1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon browning
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste

1. Combine first 8 ingredients (sweet potato through salt) in large mixing bowl.
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat
3. Add potato mixture, sauté for 5 minutes.
4. Turn off heat
5. Add water, margarine, browning, brown sugar and tomato paste.
6. Stir to combine.
7. Add raisins and olives.
8. Stir to combine.
9. Taste and adjust seasonings (especially salt and pepper) to suit.
10. Proceed to fill pastelles as above


fish, chicken, or beef pastelles

1 lb chopped beef, chicken, fish, or a combination
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tbs olive oil
1 cup chopped chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme
2 pimento peppers, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbs chopped celery
1/2 Congo pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup tomato sauce
4 tbs capers
3 tbs stuffed olives, sliced
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbs fresh thyme

1. Combine beef with chicken. Add salt and black pepper.
2. Add a quarter-cup chopped chives and one tablespoon thyme.
3. In a large saute pan heat olive oil.
4. Add onion and garlic. Saute until fragrant.
5. Add pimento peppers, remaining chive, pepper and thyme.
6. Add meat and cook until brown.
7. Add tomato sauce, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
8. Add raisins, capers and olives and stir to combine.
9. Cook for about five minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning.
10. Add two tablespoons fresh thyme and stir to combine.

11. Remove from heat and cool.
12. Prepare dough as in recipe above and fill and fold pastelles as indicated.


recipe from trini gourmet

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