Puerto Rican Plantain Lasagna (Pastelon)

Puerto Rican Plantain Lasagna (Pastelon)
Puerto Rican Plantain Lasagna (Pastelon)

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 6

    ripe plantains (should be nearly completely black)

  • 8

    eggs

  • 2

    lbs ground beef

  • 1

    medium yellow onion

  • 1/2

    cup red pepper, diced

  • 1/2

    cup green pepper, diced

  • 1/2

    cup of chicken broth

  • 1/2

    cup dry wine (white or red)

  • 4-5

    cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped

  • 1

    small (6oz) can tomato paste

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 1/2

    tsp salt, to taste

  • 1/4

    tsp pepper, to taste

  • 3-4

    Tbsp coconut oil

Directions

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat. Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil and ground beef garlic, red and green pepper, onions and bay leaf. Brown the beef, breaking up with a large spoon, 8-10 minutes. Add broth, wine, and tomato paste. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10-20 minutes while frying the plantains, stirring occasionally. Before adding to your pastelon, add ¼ tsp salt, to taste, depending on how seasoned your broth is. Now would be a good time to preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the plantains in half and peel. Next cut each half into ¼”-thick slices (about 4 slices per plantain—it’s okay if they aren’t all evenly thick). Heat 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil in a frying pan or skillet or griddle (more if using cast iron or stainless steel, less if using non-stick). Place the slices into the hot oil and fry 3-4 minutes per side to lightly brown. Set aside. (You will probably have to work in batches, topping up the coconut oil in the pan between each batch). Beat or whisk 4 eggs (you may wish to add a dash of salt and pepper). Pour onto the bottom of a large rectangular casserole dish or lasagna pan. Place in oven for 6-7 minutes until set, but not completely cooked. Remove the pan from the oven and prick the eggs with a fork several times all over the surface. (Alternatively, you could cook in the microwave for about 1 minute). Lay half of your fried plantain slices over the egg in a solid layer (like noodles). Pour the meat sauce over the plantain layer (spread out to a uniform layer). Next layer the rest of the plantain slices over the top of the meat sauce (like your second layer of noodles). Beat or whisk the last 4 eggs (again, you may wish to add a dash of salt and pepper) and pour over the top of the pastelon. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before eating. Enjoy!

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