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Recipe For Plantain Lasagna with Ground Beef

My recipe for Plantain Lasagna with Ground Beef is inspired by the Pastelon or Puerto Rican Plantain "Lasagana" and Filipino Beef Picadillo recipes.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filpino

Ingredients
  

  • 3 to 4 whole ripe plantains thinly sliced.
  • 2 lb. frozen cooked ground beef thawed
  • 1 whole red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 whole large red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 16 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water plus 1/2 tbsp for egg the mixture
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or more optional
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper or more to taste
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

Plantains

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and then set aside.
  • Cut the plantain in half and carefully peel and try not to break them. Slice the plantains lengthwise into thin strips about 4 to 5 slices per banana.
  • Arrange the plantain slices in a single layer into the baking sheet with parchment paper and then spray cooking oil on top of the sliced plantains. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown, turning halfway.
  • Then turn down the temperature to 375 degrees F. Then set aside.

Ground Beef Filling

  • While the plantains are in the oven, heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it's hot enough, add the onions and garlic and saute them for about 2 to 3 minutes or until onions are softened.
  • Add the red bell peppers and jalapeƱo into the pan, season it with salt and pepper. Saute them for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir the cooked ground beef into the mixture and use your spatula to break the cooked ground beef into pieces for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water, stir into the mixture for a minute. Then season it with sugar, soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper and red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust the seasonings if desired,
  • Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Plantains Lasagna

  • Arrange a layer of plantains in a rectangular baking dish (9 x 7 x 5 inch). Top with 2 to 3 cups of fillings. Repeat the layers twice and then set aside.
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl, add 1/2 tablespoon of water and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk them together.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the top of the plantain lasagna. Make sure to pour the egg mixture evenly on all sides (corners, sides and middle).
  • Bake at 375 degrees F uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until the egg mixture is cooked through. Let it cool for a few minutes and serve it with steamed rice and enjoy!

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Notes

To reheat the leftovers, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Keyword Dinner Recipe, ground beef, plantains lasagana