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Sweet Plantains and Picadillo Casserole ~ Layers of mashed sweet ripe plantains with a filling of savory picadillo - a Latin dish of ground meat, tomatoes, and spices - make this dish a delicious and easy dinner.
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Sweet Plantains and Picadillo Casserole (Pastelón de Plátano Maduro)

Layers of mashed sweet ripe plantains with a filling of savory picadillo - a Latin dish of ground meat, tomatoes, and spices - make this dish a delicious and easy dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Dominican, Latin
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 585kcal
Author: Vanessa

Ingredients

  • 6 sweet, ripe plantains
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion , chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt , divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon roasted pepper stuffed olives
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese , shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium pot, boil the plantains with 1 teaspoon of salt, until tender. Remove plantains from the pot and using a potato masher, mash the sweet plantains until they are made pure. Add the butter and combine well. Set aside.
  • Season the meat with the onion, pepper, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • In a medium pan, heat the oil over medium-hot heat. Add the meat and let cook until brown. Add the tomato sauce, olives and water. Let simmer until all the liquid had evaporated.

    To Assemble
  • Lightly butter a 7x11 inch baking pan or 4 mini casserole dishes like the ones pictured. Add a layer of mashed plantains to the bottom of the pan. Then, add a second layer with all the picadillo, cooked ground beef. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and mild cheddar cheese. Spread another layer of plantains and top with the rest of the cheese.
  • Place in the oven, uncovered, for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

This casserole can be made ahead and placed in the fridge after been assembled. When ready to eat, simply place in the oven covered for 30 minutes and then uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1156mg | Potassium: 1211mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 2439IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 3mg