• 3 Cups grated green corn or cornmeal
  • 1 lb minced cooked meat (beef, chicken or soya for the vegetarians)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 capers or sweet pickles
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 medium onions
  • ¼ Cup cooking oil
  • ¼ sweet pepper
  • 2 blades chive
  • Banana leaves cut in 8" squares

Pastelles are another favourite at Christmas time. Originally thought to come from the original Spanish settlers or even the older Amerindians! Wherever they originated, they are sure to make it to your plate around Christmas. There are many variations to this dish with some people using chicken or even soya instead of beef. The principle is the same no matter what you use.


  1. Chop all green seasonings finely and mix with meat. Brown in hot oil
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, raisins and sweet pepper. Blend well together
  3. Clean banana leaves with a damp cloth and steam them over hot water to make them pliable
  4. Crush corn and dampen with a little salted water, butter the leaf squares and spread with the corn mixture
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture on each square leaving a 1-inch border
  6. Fold over and tie securely into a parcel, using thread
  7. Steam for about 1 hour

Video time

Caribbean Pot has a great video on how to make pastelles and we’ve embedded it below for you!

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