Plantain Lasagna or Pastelon
We're using our Basic Turkey Picadillo recipe to make this sweet, savory, and cheesy dish! Go over to the recipe to make it!
The first time I had something like this was at a pot luck hosted by my mami. A friend of her brought what I could only describe as a plantain lasagna. I was clearly not paying attention to much to the details of the heritage or story of this dish, because I was too distracted by this mouth watering combination of ground meat and sweet tender plantains.
When I made this dish I had my friend Christie over with her Dominican Husband Javi over. I specify Dominican, because it turned out they knew the name of this dish! Pastelon. So I figured, this dish is Dominican, but just in case, lets do a google search. At which point I was bombarded by recipes for PUERTO RICAN Pastelon. So I had to ask my mom, where her friend was from that she made this sweet and savory dish. Woah and behold, she is from Santo Domingo, the Capitol of the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. So! Where is this dish from!? Where does it originate!? No idea! The Padlet does a thorough examination of that question and it's still inconclusive!
While I would love to know how this dish came to be, all you need to know right now is that it's DAMN delicious. Make it! NOooow!
Plantain and Turkey Lasagna
- Cutting Board
- Loaf Pan
- Wooden Spoon
- 3-4 Ripe Plantains
- 1 T Margarine
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Cup Mozzarella
- 1 1/2 Cup Cooked Ground Turkey
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 one inch slices.
- Here's the niftiest trick I learned from my husbands grandma. She steams plantains in the microwave all the time! All you have to do is peel ripe plantains and wrap in cling wrap. Microwave, for 1 1/2 minute per plantain, flipping half way through. Then you have perfectly soft plantains ready to eat!
- Grease a loaf pan with butter.
- Cut 1-2 plantains into rounds, until you have enough to fill the bottom and sides of a loaf pan.
- Sprinkle parmesan over plantains to fill the holes between plantain circles.
- Cut remaining plantains into long strips.
- Pre-heat oven to 375ºF
- Layer a third of ground turkey, mozzarella, and then plantain. Topping off with mozzarella.
- Place in oven for 20 minutes.