Home / Christmas / Pasteles

Pasteles are a traditional Spanish Caribbean Christmas food. Similar to tamales they are banana or plantain leaves filled with a variety of stuffings, tied and steamed. They are often made communally by groups of women,  some chopping, some stuffing, some wrapping. A Venezuelan dish that resembles pasteles is hallacas; in Nicaragua the equivalent is nacatamales.

 A Puerto Rican song proclaims:

Si me dan pasteles,
Dénmelos calientes,
Qui pasteles fríos,
Empachan la gente.

If you serve pasteles
Bring them steaming hot.
I’ll end up with heartburn
If steaming hot they’re not.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *