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Puerto Rican Lasagna

Puerto Rican Lasagna
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

Pastelon, the Puerto Rican version of lasagna, brings exciting new flavor combinations to the traditional version, with the addition of plantains and Adobo seasonings. ...MORE+ LESS-

Paula Jones Paula Jones
October 8, 2012

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
green bell pepper, chopped
1
onion, chopped
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
cup chopped fresh cilantro
2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2
teaspoons Adobo seasoning
2
tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2
cup raisins
1
can (15 oz) Muir Glen™ organic tomato sauce
1/4
cup vegetable oil
4
ripe plantains, cut horizontally into long slices
2
cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (8 oz)
2
eggs, beaten

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line plate with kitchen towel. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix beef, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, oregano, Adobo seasoning and vinegar until well combined.
  • 3
    In 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture; cook until browned. Stir in raisins and tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.
  • 4
    In 10-inch skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add several plantain slices; cook until golden brown on each side. Transfer plantains to towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil. Do this until all slices are browned. Cool slightly. Press plantains down slightly to flatten slices.
  • 5
    To assemble lasagna, arrange layer of plantains in baking dish. Top with half of the beef mixture. Top with half of the cheese. Continue layering, starting with plantains and ending with cheese. Pour beaten eggs evenly over top.
  • 6
    Bake about 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Expert Tips

  • Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • If you like a little heat, add a chopped chile to the beef mixture before cooking.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
710
Calories from Fat
320
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
55%
Saturated Fat
13g
66%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
145mg
48%
Sodium
500mg
21%
Potassium
1140mg
33%
Total Carbohydrate
70g
23%
Dietary Fiber
6g
25%
Sugars
34g
Protein
27g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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