Friday, October 16, 2009

Pastelon (Sweet Plantain Lasagna) at the Kid's House

Bruce and I drove up to San Antonio on Friday afternoon in preparation for the Housewarming party on Sunday. We brought all of the ingredients for making Pastelon. We discovered this Puerto Rican dish while on vacation this past June. I found this delicious recipe on "Thenoshery.com."

Pastelรณn (Sweet Plantian "Lasagna")

1 lbs ground beef
1 onion,minced
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, minced
1/2 chopped cilantro
2 tsp adobo
2 tsp oregano
2 Tbs vinegar
1 envelope sazรณn
2 bay leaves
8 green stuffed olives, halved
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup tomato sauce
4 plantains, peeled and sliced into strips
3 eggs
2 Tbs milk
2 cups white shredded cheese
vegetable oil
salt
Preparation
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter square pan with 1 tbs of butter.

Combine, beef, onion, pepper, garlic, cilantro, adobo, oregano, vinegar and sazon. Mix well.
Heat a large skillet at medium-high heat with 2 Tbs of olive oil, add meat mixture.
Cook beef until brown and of the juices bubble up, add bay leaves, olives, raisins and tomato sauce. Mix and let simmer for 10 minutes, set aside.

Heat a large frying pan with vegetable oil, just enough to coat the bottom. Fry plantains for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and slitely crispy. Drain on a plate with paper towel, set aside.

To assemble pastelon: Take your prepared square pan, start with a layer of plantains, then beef, then a fistful of cheese, repeat. You want to finish with cheese and plantains. Beat 3 eggs with 2 Tbs of milk, pour over the pastelรณn. Let it sit for a minute allowing the egg to soak in. Top off with just a bit more cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Eat like a pig, scarf it down, don't share with anyone and enjoy!

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