A type of boiled dumpling eaten in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, pasteles resemble tamales, but they’re not made from corn. Pastel masa uses shredded green bananas and tubers such as yautía, yams or potatoes. The filling can contain meat, olives, peppers, spices. Pasteles are prepared in banana leaves, folded and tied with a string in neat packet. They’re then boiled in water.
• Dominican Cooking