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Cornmeal Dumplings - Guanimes de Maiz


Guanimes de Maiz is a traditional tamal from the islands. Serve this cornmeal dumpling with fish, stew, or beans. These keep well in the freezer so feel free to make some ahead of time for a quick addition to your meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 9 each


  • 1/2 pound cornmeal
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • plantain leaves


  1. Combine the cornmeal, coconut milk, molasses, anise seed and salt in a bowl and thoroughly mix together.
  2. Wash the plantain leaves and cut into 9 squares about 8x8 inches in size.
  3. In the center of each banana leaf square, place about 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture. Form the mixture into a 6 inch roll (like a sausage).
  4. Wrap the banana leaf around the roll and tie each end with a piece of cooking string.
  5. Boil the guanimes in salted water for 45 minutes. Remove, drain, and serve.
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