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|Place of origin||Cuba|
|Main ingredients||Puff pastry, sweet or savoury filling|
Cuban pastries (known in Spanish as pasteles or pastelitos (also the name for Venezuelan pastries made in region of los Andes)) are baked puff pastry–type pastries filled with sweet or savory fillings.
Traditional fillings include cream cheese quesitos, guava (pastelito de guayaba) and cheese, pineapple, and coconut. The sweet fillings are made with sweetened fruit pulps. The cream cheese filling is also a slightly sweetened version of cream cheese, that resembles the flavor and texture of a cheesecake. The savory fillings are usually beef, but sometimes chicken or ham and cheese are used. The beef fillings consist of a seasoned but not spicy meat, made in a tomato-based sauce. It is typical to include raisins and green olives as part of the meat filling. It is also typical for a sweet glaze to be applied to the top of even savory fillings.
They can be found at many Hispanic cafeterias and have also been introduced into the American retail market by Goya Foods. The pastries are also available in wholesale for the foodservice industry by several companies, including Hispanic wholesale frozen bakery manufacturer Latin Flavors.
- Castro, Lourdes, ed. (2009). Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish: A Food Lover's English-Spanish/Spanish-English Dictionary. p. 265. ISBN 9781580084017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.