Demonstrated by: The United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii, Inc.
1 1/2 pounds pork butt or boneless chicken thighs
1/3 cup achiote seeds
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced green onions
1/2 cup chopped Chinese parsley
1 jar (7 ounces) chopped pimiento
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (8 ounces) pitted black olives, drained
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 Hawaiian red peppers, seeded and minced
20 medium-sized green Chinese bananas
1 pound potatoes
Chop pork or chicken into small pieces. In a small saucepan, combine achiote seeds and oil.
Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes or until oil has a rich red color; strain and discard
seeds. In a saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of the achiote oil, brown pork or chicken. Add onion,
garlic, green onions, parsley, pimiento and oregano. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in
tomato sauce, olives, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and the red peppers. Cook over low heat for
1 hour; cool. Soak bananas in hot water for 10 minutes. Peel bananas and potatoes; grate
finely. Combine bananas, potatoes, 3 tablespoons of the achiote oil and the remaining 1
teaspoon salt. Cut foil into twenty 12 x 9-inch pieces. To make each pastele, spread about 1/2
teaspoon of the remaining oil on a piece of foil. Spread 1/3 cup banana mixture over the oil
forming a 9 x 6-inch rectangle. Put 1/4 cup meat mixture in center of banana mixture. Using a
knife, cover meat with banana mixture. Carefully fold the foil lengthwise around filling, using the
"drug store" wrap. Repeat until all foil is used. Place in a large saucepot; add water to cover
pasteles. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and cook for 1 hour. Makes 20 pasteles (10 servings).
Note: Pasteles can be wrapped in wilted banana leaves and tied with string instead of wrapped in foil.
Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (using pork): 350 calories, 20 g fat, 2.5 g
saturated fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 1000 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 16 g
Featured in Star Bulletin on 11/07/07