A Brazilian Dish Pastel - Easily Made at Home

A Brazilian Dish Pastel - Easily Made at Home

The Brazilians love pastel, enjoyed at home or sold at concession stands as a snack or an appetizer. I modified the recipe, so that it's easy to recreate at home.

Ingredients: 6-8 servings

Ground beef
300 g
Garlic (finely chopped)
1 clove
Olive oil
1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper
a small amount
Onions (finely chopped)
100 g
Carrot (finely chopped)
1 small
Green olives (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons
Raisins (roughly chopped)
2 tablespoons
Tomato sauce (or tomato purée)
200 ml
Japanese Worcestershire-style sauce
1 teaspoon
Cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon
Soup stock granules
1 teaspoon
Boiled eggs
Bread dough (or pastry dough)
servings worth
Beaten egg
1 yolk + 1 teapoon


1. Finely chop the onions, peel the carrot, and finely chop or use a cheese grater to grate the carrot.
2. Heat the pan with olive oil, add the garlic, and once it's fragrant, add the ground beef. Lightly season with salt and pepper, and stir-fry until it becomes crumbly and it turns brown.
3. Add the onions, carrot, chopped raisins, and green olives, and continue stir-frying.
4. Pour in the tomato sauce and Japanese Worcestershire-style sauce, sprinkle in the soup stock granules, cumin, and oregano, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
5. Transfer the filling into a bowl to let it cool down.
6. Once the bread dough (or pastry dough) has finished the 1st rising, roll it out into 10 cm diameter circles.
7. Put 1 tablespoon of the cooled filling and a thinly sliced boiled egg on top of each portion of bread dough.
8. Fold the dough into half, seal the edges like you're making gyoza dumplings, and press a fork around the borders to seal them up tightly.
9. Brush the surface of the dough with the beaten egg, bake in the oven preheated to 180°C for 15 minutes until nice and golden brown, and they're done.
10. If you're able to find green olives stuffed with pimento, I strongly recommend you use them. You'll get much closer to the authentic taste!
11. You can also make them using either 2 wonton skins or 2 spring roll wrappers. Put the filling on the 1st sheet of wrapper as shown in the photo, and lay the other wrapper on top.
12. This is Brazilian-style fried wontons - it's the same filling wrapped with wonton skins and then deep-fried.

Story Behind this Recipe

A friend who came from Brazil to study, and whose parents are Japanese, taught me this recipe.
I modified the recipe to match Japanese palates, and to easily make them with readily available ingredients.
Enjoy the authentic Brazilian taste!