Pastel de Platanos en Hojas

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty level: High

Pastel Dough
12 green bananas
4 tablespoon of annatto seeds
3 ½ cups of milk
2 tablespoon of salt
2 lbs of white yautia
6 green plantains
1 ripe plantain
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 cup of oil
Plantain leaves or wax paper
A roll of string

2 lbs of ground meat (pork, chicken, beef)
3 tablespoon cup of oil
1 teaspoon of oregano
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of raisins
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Maggi chicken bouillon, cut in small chunks

TIP: Use a mortar to mash the garlic, oregano, and black pepper

TIP: You can freeze them for about a month

TIP: Use left over meat from a stew or any pan braised meat that has been slowly cooked, moist, succulent and with a bit of gravy

TIP: If plantains and/or bananas have been in the refrigerator or are not at room temperature, place them in a bowl with hot tap water for a few minutes. This, makes it easier for you peel


Picadillo Instructions
In a skillet, heat oil and saute garlic, onions, green pepper, until translucent. Add the meat and stir

Cook for 10-15 minutes. Let cool. Add the raisins and blend well. Set aside

Plantain Dough Instructions
Cut both ends of the plantains and bananas. Make a shallow slit along the length of the plantain.

Remove peel using your thumb to pull away the peel

Peel the rest of the vegetables with a pairing knife or a heavy duty vegetable peeler

Pour them in water with salt for about ½ hour, to remove vegetable stain

In a skillet heat the oil and add the annatto seeds.

Remove from heat as soon as you see oil turning red.

Strain and put oil aside

Drain vegetables well and grind them using a hand grinder or a food processor

Pour annatto oil on the ground vegetables and mix well. Slowly, pour milk and the salt, blend well. 

Take a plantain leaf or Parchment paper (about 12"X12") and pour about 5-6 tablespoon of the dough in the middle of the plantain leaf  and spread a bit

Pour a spoonful of meat in the center (lengthwise), and  fold the parchment paper in half by

Fold as if you were folding a gift, in a rectangular shape, and tie with strings (crosswise & lengthwise). Make sure it's well secured and the dough is not spilling out

Cooking Preparation
Boil in sufficient water (about 1 gallon) for 50 minutes with 3 tablespoon of salt & 2 chicken bullions

Serve as appetizer or as a meal with your favorite salad, gravy or  hot sauce