greetings from my kitchen! today i bring you a traditional dominican meal. plantains are a huge part of dominican diet. we have figured out virtually ever possible way of cooking/eating them. one of those delicious ways is by making a pastelon or a pie. i made this pastelon on tuesday and we are still eating leftovers. i used the recipe from the ‘cocina criolla dominicana' cookbook written by estela aristy. i got this book as a present from my aunt and have been consulting it constantly.
here is the recipe for pastelon de platanos maduros (sweet plantains pie)!!
1 lb of ground beef
juice of one lime
2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp of dry oregano
4 sweet plantains
1 cubanelle pepper
1/2 white onion
1 aji gustoso (sweet pepper)
4 roma tomatoes
1 tbs oil
3 tbs of raisins
1/2 cup of evaporated milk
2 tbs of butter
3/4 lb of mild cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
not sure why i added the cilantro and green onions to this picture of ingredients
start by setting a pot of water to boil. while you wait for the water, wash the meat with water and the lime juice.
strain the meat and squeeze out as much water as possible.
crush the garlic with a few shakes of salt.
the irishman cleaned the kitchen and reorganized where my things are so i don’t know where my mortar is and i had to use a bowl.
season the ground beef with the crushed garlic and oregano. set the meat aside.
by now, the water should be boiling.
wash the plantains and boil them with the skin on.
cut up the onion, peppers and tomatoes into cubes.
heat up the oil in a skillet.
and throw in the onion, peppers and tomatoes.
cook them until the onions and peppers start wilting (about 3 minutes).
mix in the beef and add the raisins and about 1/4 cup of water and cook uncovered stirring once in a while.
by now the plantains should be cooked (the skin will rip open).
run the plantains through cold water and peel the skin off them. mash them with butter and milk.
once the water is mostly evaporated season the beef with salt and pepper to taste. the beef will be cooked once all the water evaporates.
grease up a baking pan.
spread half of the plantain mash on the bottom of the pan.
cover with all the beef.
and spread the remainder of the plantains over the beef.
now, cover the plantains with the cheese. i couldn’t find my shredder (the irishman’s cleaning makes everything disappear…) so i just chopped them up into cubes and spread over the pie.
bake the pastelon at 350° for 45 minutes.
i had to go into work and could not take the final pictures so i asked the irishman to take pictures once he got home. as you see, i give him his credit on the pics.
he really enjoyed this. when i got home that night he had already eaten almost half the pan.
i ended up using the wrong sweet pepper and it was a bit spicy. although the spiciness was not traditional it was a nice kick!
i heated up a slice of pastelon for lunch yesterday.
the two layers of plantains hold the meat nicely. the sweetness of the plantains are a nice balance to the savory beef. this dish is sort of like the dominican answer of shepherd’s pie or a lasagna hahahahaha!
and now, for the GIVEAWAY!!
this is my first giveaway and i am very excited to bring it to you. a bit of a backstory: a few weeks ago clare of an american in ireland posted a giveaway and anyone who commented entered a chance to win thanks to the folks at the fairy hobmother from appliances online. i now have the chance to host the same giveaway. to enter, leave a comment telling me what appliance you would like. make sure to leave your email address so the fairy hobmother can contact you if you win. best of luck!
thanks for stopping by!!