This Sunday is about Pastelón

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This past Friday, I was watching a show on TV and one of the guests, Sunny, made pastelón.  I called my friend Juana who shared the pastelón recipe with me.  She said it is a Porto-Rican dish which is basically a lasagna where they use sweet fried plantain instead of the pasta.  I find it very flavorful, I also made an arugula and spinach salad.  The kids are not home tonight, my husband and I enjoyed our dinner.

Pastelón

Pastelón

Ingredients

2 lbs of ground beef

1 onion minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 green pepper, minced

½ chopped cilantro

2 tsp adobo

2 tsp oregano

2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 envelope of sazón

2 bay leaves

¼ cup tomato sauce

4 plantains, peeled and sliced into strips

3 eggs

2 Tbs milk

2 cups white shredded cheese

vegetable oil

Salt and Pepper

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine, beef, onion, pepper, garlic, cilantro, adobo, oregano, vinegar, and the sazon and mix well.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tbsp. of olive oil, add meat mixture.  Cook until brown then add bay leaves and tomato sauce. 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 slightly crispy. Drain on a plate with paper towel, set aside.

Fried Sweet Plantain

Grease a square baking dish, cover with a layer of plantains, add the beef, then the cheese, repeat. Finish with cheese and plantains. Beat 3 eggs with 2 tbsp. of milk, pour over the dish. Top off with just a bit more cheese.  Bake for 25 minutes.

pastelón before baking
Arugula, Spinach, and Almonds Salad

I enjoyed this dish.  Have you made it before? What would you do differently? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.

40 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, this look so delicious. I have never tried this recipe before. I’m fond of new recipes, I’m definitely going to make it for a dinner party tomorrow.

  2. This looks super yummy!!! I love fried sweet plantains and this recipe looks quick and easy. I do not eating beef but I could easily reolace it with chicken.

  3. This sounds amazing! I think I’ve read books that mention Pastelon, but this looks much tastier than what I was envisioning! Yum!

  4. Wow! I have replaced lasagna noodles with many things but never thought about plantains. What an interesting idea. I’m really trying to imagine the flavor here and may have to check it out.

  5. You had me at plantains! And then you said cheese and lasagna and my mouth was watering. I have never heard of using plantains as pasta noodles, but it’s a brilliant idea!

  6. I love anything with fried plantains and this looks yummy! The only thing I would change is fry another plantain as the one for the dish would be eaten ASAP! Can’t wait to try this.

  7. O wow…. these looks amazing. it looks just like a recipe my japanese sister in law makes but instead of the plantains, she uses rice. It is so delicious, she calls it Doira or Dora. Not sure now!

    • Don’t be surprised, if you see it in my next post, Msddah, I love to try new recipes and always look for great ones.

  8. holy yum yum! I would love to try this… maybe next week, I’ll write down a list of the things I don’t already have to get from the store… thanks for the know-how ; )

  9. This looks like such a lovely meal! Yum, I had not heard of the pastelon before, but I need to try it!

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