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Pastel - A Brazilian Dish

Pastel  - A Brazilian Dish

Enjoy this fantastic Brazilian dish while watching the World Cup!!

Ingredients: 6 servings

Fresh pasta sheets
500 g
Ground combined pork and beef
400 g
Finely chopped onions
1
Finely chopped garlic
3 cloves
Vegetable oil (for stir-frying)
1 tablespoon
Salt
as needed
Black pepper
as needed
Italian parsley
as needed
Frying oil
as needed

Steps

1. This package of "Easy Pasta" brand fresh pasta contains 2 500 g sheets. Other than making pastel, you could use these pasta sheets for other delicious pasta dishes too.
2. Be sure to use fresh parsley, and fresh coarsely ground black pepper.
3. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan, stir-fry the garlic, onions, and ground meat, and sprinkle on some salt. Once it's cooked through, turn off the heat, season with fresh parsley and coarsely ground black pepper, and combine well.
4. Spread out the fresh pasta sheet, and put the meat filling from Step 3 in the middle.
5. Wet the outer rim of the pasta sheet with water, fold the fresh pasta sheet in half, and close the pastel while gently removing any air bubbles.
6. Trim the edges with a pie cutter.
7. Seal the edges tightly with a fork.
8. Deep-fry at 180°C for 3-5 minutes.
9. Transfer to a rack to drain for about 3 minutes.

Story Behind this Recipe

Pastel is a typical fast-food Brazilian snack which is something like an enlarged deep-fried gyoza dumpling!!! In fact, it is said that pastel originated when Japanese immigrants living in Santos adapted this dish. Any kind of filling goes well. A common pastel is filled with either cheese, ham, or ground meat, and then deep fried in vegetable oil.