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Plantain Piñón

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

6
ripe plantains
1
cup vegetable oil or desired amount for frying
2
tablespoons basic sofrito (1 green bell pepper, 1 medium-sized onion, 2 garlic cloves- all diced)
4
tablespoons tomato sauce
1/4
teaspoon cumin powder
1
teaspoon cilantro and achiote (anatto) seasoning
2
tablespoons stuffed olives
2
lbs ground beef
6
eggs, beaten
1
can green beans

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

The ground beef can be substituted for chicken, turkey or soy.

Whether used green or ripe, plantains are a basic element of Caribbean cooking and are also popular throughout Central America. This dish makes a sweet and salty contrast between the bananas and the stir-fried beef, yet it’s also reasonable in price and easy to make. Plantains are a very versatile ingredient; they can be fried, prepared in syrup, stuffed or layered piñón-style, also known as Caribbean lasagna or casserole. I’m sure that if your family already likes ripe plantains, as well as the traditional lasagna with ground beef, then this recipe will come in handy for you. I hope this new version motivates you to try this delicious recipe with your family.

If you prefer, try using mixed vegetables in place of the green beans.

This recipe can be prepared in individual dishes or in a large cupcake pan to make separate portions.

Directions

  • 1 Peel the plantains and cut each one lengthwise into thin slices (from tip to tip.)
  • 2 In a skillet, fry the plantain slices until golden-brown on each side. Then set to the side over paper towels, to remove any excess oil.
  • 3 Next, add the oil to the same skillet over medium-heat and sauté the sofrito mix, tomato sauce, olives, seasonings and cumin. Cook for two minutes.
  • 4 Afterwards, add the ground beef and season as desired. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes.
  • 5 While the meat is cooking, grease a rectangular or square baking dish with some butter and add half of the beaten eggs.
  • 6 Over the eggs, add the first layer of plantains just as if you were preparing lasagna. Make sure to completely cover the base of the dish. Then place a layer of ground beef over the plantains, followed by a layer of green beans.
  • 7 Repeat the layers as desired, with bananas as the final layer. Finish by pouring the remaining half of the beaten eggs on top. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Let sit after removing from the oven, so the piñón doesn’t crumble when serving.

Whether used green or ripe, plantains are a basic element of Caribbean cooking and are also popular throughout Central America. This dish makes a sweet and salty contrast between the bananas and the stir-fried beef, yet it’s also reasonable in price and easy to make. Plantains are a very versatile ingredient; they can be fried, prepared in syrup, stuffed or layered piñón-style, also known as Caribbean lasagna or casserole. I’m sure that if your family already likes ripe plantains, as well as the traditional lasagna with ground beef, then this recipe will come in handy for you. I hope this new version motivates you to try this delicious recipe with your family.

Rate and Comment

Jeannette Quinones Jeannette Quinones
September 23, 2015

Whether used green or ripe, plantains are a basic element of Caribbean cooking and are also popular throughout Central America. This dish makes a sweet and salty contrast between the bananas and the stir-fried beef, yet it’s also reasonable in price and easy to make. Plantains are a very versatile ingredient; they can be fried, prepared in syrup, stuffed or layered piñón-style, also known as Caribbean lasagna or casserole. I’m sure that if your family already likes ripe plantains, as well as the traditional lasagna with ground beef, then this recipe will come in handy for you. I hope this new version motivates you to try this delicious recipe with your family.