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Pastelon (Puerto Rican Lasagna)

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It has the perfect combo of savory and sweet, of juicy and cheesy, of wanting to lick your plate and then lick your face! It’s layers of savory beef, fried sweet plantains and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Green Pepper, Minced
  • ½ cups Cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Adobo Seasoning (Goya)
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 1 envelope Sazon Sin Achiote Seasoning (Goya)*
  • 2 leaves Bay Leaves
  • 8 whole Stuffed Green Olives, Halved
  • ½ cups Raisins
  • ¼ cups Tomato Sauce
  • 4 whole Ripe Plantains, Sliced Lenthwise
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 cups Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt, Or To Taste

Preparation

Preheat 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 slightly 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 pastelón. 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.

*Goya Adobo and Sazon can be found in the Latin aisle of your grocer or in your local Latin grocery.

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kohlerjencooks on 3.8.2010

I love this!!!!!

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Gigi Fernandez on 1.17.2012

I just made this tonight. It was a hit at home. Thank you for posting such terrific recipes. Savory and sweet all in one. Yummy!

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