Make An Easy-To-Bake, No-Fuss Pastelle Pie For Christmas Dinner

Make An Easy-To-Bake, No-Fuss Pastelle Pie For Christmas Dinner

Many Trinbagonians might argue that Christmas is not Christmas without pastelles. This holiday delicacy is quite easy to make from scratch, but it’s truly a time-consuming hassle. Here, there’s no need for a pastelle press or fig leaves! To save you the stress, we’ve completely deconstructed a pastelle into an easy-to-bake pie that doesn’t skimp on the flavour that you love so dearly.

It’s also budget friendly (and we all know our bank accounts could use a break at this time of the year).


Pastelle Pie

Seasoned minced beef is perfectly sandwiched between Fermori Global – Bellini's yellow cornmeal. Pastelle in a pinch for when that Christmas craving hits you.

Posted by Propa Eats on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Yields: 10 Servings

  • For the filling: 
    • 1 pound lean ground beef 
    • ½ cup green seasoning 
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
    • 1 large onion, chopped 
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced 
    • 1 pimento, minced 
    • 1 scallion, finely chopped 
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried fine thyme 
    • ¼ cup ketchup  
    • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce 
    • ¼ cup olives 
    • 3 tablespoons capers 
    • 3 tablespoons raisins 
    • 2 ½ teaspoons salt
  • For the topping: 
    • 2 cups BELLINI Harina de Maiz pre-cooked yel­low corn­meal 
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt 
    • ¼ teaspoon paprika 
    • 1 cup lukewarm wa­ter 
    • 1 cup warm milk 
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
    • ½ cup but­ter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 12-inch by 9-inch oven-proof glass or ceramic baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the beef and green seasoning together.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Add onions, garlic and pimentos and sauté for 3 minutes or until onions are slightly brown and fragrant.
  6. Add beef, scallion and thyme; cook, stirring often, until meat crumbles and is no longer pink, about 7 minutes.
  7. Reduce the heat and stir in ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. 8
  8. Stir in the olives, raisins and salt; set aside.
  9. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the pre-cooked yellow cornmeal with salt and paprika. Then, add water, coconut oil, butter.
  10. Transfer half the cornmeal mixture to the lightly greased dish, pressing down until it’s flat and even. Place the minced beef filling on top of the cornmeal and use the remaining cornmeal mixture to cover the minced beef completely. Press down again.
  11. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Cool for 15 minutes and serve!