Pastelito is essentially a Cuban pastry which is baked with sweet or savory fillings, depending upon individuals’ preferences and the recipe followed. Known commonly as the Cuban Pastry, pastelitos are what the pastries are called in Spanish. The baked puff-pastries are also known as Pasteles in Spanish.
Origin of Pasteles
The exact origin of preparation is not known and there are various theories as to how the preparation came into being. While one theory states that slaves working in Spanish and Cuban sugar mills invented the dish, another says that Pastelito was invented in Cuban households where the preparation was served essentially as an appetizer or as a side dish with main meals.
Pastelitos Recipe- Ingredients
Traditional filings are inclusive of cream cheese, guava, guava and cheese, pineapple and coconut. Fillings for the sweet variant are made with fruit pulps which have been sweetened. People who prefer the savory flavor choose beef, chicken or ham as fillings.
Mostly, the recipe calls for the use of delicate, flaky puff pastry but depending upon preferences and convenience of individuals, other dough can be used as well. When it comes to fillings, just about anything can be used. While the traditional fillings are little dabs of guava marmalade and cream cheese for the sweet variety, and meat fillings for the savory types; the modern day versions can have contain anything from cream cheese and mango to beef and Devil's ham.
Pastelitos Recipe- Preparation
The preparation of Pastelito can be quite tricky mainly because making the puff-pastry is not an easy task and can be very time consuming at first. Once that part is mastered, preparing the dish does not take very long. Once the wrapping for the pastry is prepared and baked, the fillings are stuffed and the dish is ready to be served.
Raisins and green olives are typically included as part of the meat filling and a sweet glaze is applied even if the dish has savory fillings.
Serving and Eating Pastelitos
Pastelito can be consumed at any time of the day and is a popular snack. It is served hot and can be consumed warm or at room temperature. The pastry can be a snack, a coffee accompaniment, a full meal or even a side dish with major meals.
- The pastry's recipe has been introduced in the national retail market by Goya Foods.
- 'Window cafeterias' across Miami are known for serving Pastelito with coffee and one can find customers throughout the day.