Pastelon (Sweet Plantain “Lasagna”)
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Serves: 8
Sweet plantain strips fried and laid between layers of savory meat and cheese. Pastelon is one of my favorite dishes from childhood.
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, minced
  • ½ chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp adobo
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 Tbs vinegar
  • 1 envelope sazón
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 green stuffed olives, halved
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 4 plantains, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 2 cups white shredded cheese
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter square pan with 1 tbs of butter.
  2. Combine, beef, onion, pepper, garlic, cilantro, adobo, oregano, vinegar, and sazon. Mix well.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 Tbs of olive oil, add meat mixture.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 pastelón. Let it sit for a minute allowing the egg to soak in. Top off with just a bit more cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Eat like a pig, scarf it down, don't share with anyone and
Recipe by The Noshery at