Making pasteles for Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of my fondest traditions and warmest memories. It was a lot of work that lasted most of the day, but well worth the effort. Family and friends would get together and pitch in. Of course, we made enough for every one to take home.
These days, electric food processors make it a little easier, but it's still a labor intensive dish. If you plan on making pasteles for your holiday celebrations or special occasions, you can easily make them a few days ahead, freeze them, then cook them when needed.
The hardest part is wrapping them up like presents. If you need a refresher on how to do it, follow my step by step instructions for assembling and wrapping pasteles.
Photo by Hector Rodriguez
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