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Pasteles

2 pounds ground pork, very lean
6 Tbsp orange juice
4 sweet peppers (aji dulce)
4 cilantro leaves (recao)
1 pound ham
1 bell pepper, seeds removed
1 md onion
1/2 cup seeded raisins
1/2 can chick peas
2 tbsp oregano, dried
1 tbsp salt
24 stuffed olives
1 lb lard or vegetable oil
1/4 lb annatto seeds (achiote)

4 pound white yautia (Spanish root)
4 pound yellow yautia
15 very green bananas
2 cup warm milk
2 1/2 tablespoon salt

Mix the orange juice and meat in a large pot. Mince the next 6
ingredients and add. Add the raisens. In a small sauce pot; boil
the chick peas with 1 cup of water. Drain chick pea liquid into
the meat mixture, then carefully remove the skin off of the chick
peas. Add the peas to the meat. Mince the olives and add to the
meat. Wash the annatto seeds and drain well, then and the annatto
seeds to the lard or oil and heat until the oil is a red color.
Drain well and discard the seeds. Add 6 tablespoons of the red oil
to the meat mixture; mix the meat mixture well and set aside

Peel the yautia and green bananas. Grate them until you have a
smooth dough type mixture. Slowly add the warm milk, annatto oil
and salt. Mix well and set aside.

Place 3 or 4 tablspoons of banana mixture in the center of a 12x12
piece of banana leaf which has been washed. (these leaves can be
purchased at most spanish stores and are pre-cut. But if you can
not find them, you can use paper, which is also available at the
spanish market.) Spread the mixture in the center of the leaf and
form a well in the center of the mixture. In the well; place 2
tablespoons of the meat mixture. Carefully fold the dough so the
meat mixture is covered over. Then fold the leaf to form a rectangular
shape and tie with string. Repeat this until all of the banana
mixture has been used. There should be about 36 pasteles.

In a very large pot, place 5 liters of water and 3 1/2 tablespoons
of salt; allow to boil. Place about 12 pasteles in the boiling
water and allow to boil for 1 hour. Stir a least once. Immediatly
remove from water once they are cooked.

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