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Lobster Filling

The filling is simple. You need 1 Tbsp achiote oil, ½ cup recaito (sofrito), ¼ raisins (optional), ½ cup sliced manzanilla olives (sliced salad olives with pimentos), ½ cup tomato sauce, 16 oz cooked and diced lobster meat, 2 tsps salt, 1 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp cayanne pepper (optional).

Heat oil in a heavy skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the sofrito/recaito, raisins, and olives. Sauté for a couple of minutes or so. Add tomato sauce, lobster, salt and pepper and cayanne pepper. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature before using.

This makes enough stuffing for 16 pasteles.

You can always add garbanzo beans about 2/3 of a cup, if you like. I like my pasteles with garbanzos, no matter what kind of stuffing I use. It is best to prepare the masa ahead and refrigerate, it is easier to handle that way.



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