Pastelle (also spelled as "pasteles") is a traditional dish from various Latin American countries, particularly Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as well as other Caribbean islands. It is a type of tamale made from a masa (dough) of mashed green plantains and yucca (cassava) that is filled with a mixture of seasoned meat, usually pork, and sometimes chicken or beef, as well as other ingredients such as olives, capers, and raisins. The filling is wrapped in a banana leaf and boiled or steamed until cooked. The banana leaf is then unwrapped and the pastelle is served either hot or cold. Pastelles are often enjoyed during special occasions and holidays such as Christmas and Easter.