5 Days Of Plantain Day 1: Plantain Lasagna

5 Days Of Plantain Day 1: Plantain Lasagna
So the other day I was looking through my archive and I realized that only two of my most recent recipes were plantain based! (This famous one and that healthy one.) ABOMINATION! How is it possible that I, Tatashey – the one that eats plantain almost on a daily basis –  have so few plantain recipes?? I was baffled. Therefore, I have decided to honor greatness of plantain by dedicating a whole week to it. Each day, I will post a unique plantain recipe for you all to check out and try yourselves.

On 2nd thought: Let’s make it a tag! You can do it yourselves and tag your favorite food bloggers to do it too using the #tatasheyplantainchallenge and #5daysofplantain hashtags! Share this with anyone and I’d love to see the various recipes you can all come up with! You can also send me pictures via social media or on the email and I’ll post them up for others to see (if you want of course)

So to kick off Day 1 I present a savory Plantain Lasagna recipe. The combination of the sweetness of plantains, the spiciness of meat and the creamy-ness of the cheese… Oh Lord! You can’t beat this.

Ingredients

4 very ripe plantains
1/4 cup oil (divided)
1lb ground beef (or pork/chicken)
1/2 cup diced green & red bell peppers
1/4 cup diced onions
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 knorr cube
1/3 cup tomato sauce
Cheese (mozzarella or preferred choice)
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk

Directions

Cut plantain lengthwise (into 3-4 each) and fry in shallow oil till golden brown. Place on kitchen towel and set aside


Mix the ground beef, onions, bell peppers, garlic, parsley and knorr cube thoroughly


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan and fry the ground beef. Once it browns, add the tomato sauce


Cook for additional 5 minutes and take off heat. Preheat oven to 350F
Butter the oven safe dish and arrange one layer of plantain


Place a layer of ground beef and top off with cheese. Layer plantain over it and one more layer of cheese


Beat eggs with 2 tbsp milk and pour over lasagna then let sit for 3 minutes so the plantain soaks up the eggs
Place in oven for 20 minutes then take out and serve hot

Plantain Lasagna
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Ingredients
  1. 4 very ripe plantains
  2. 1/4 cup oil (divided)
  3. 1lb ground beef (or pork/chicken)
  4. 1/2 cup diced green & red bell peppers
  5. 1/4 cup diced onions
  6. 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  7. 1 knorr cube
  8. 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  9. Cheese (mozzarella or preferred choice)
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Cut plantain lengthwise (into 3-4 each) and fry in shallow oil till golden brown. Place on kitchen towel and set aside
  2. Mix the ground beef, onions, bell peppers, garlic, parsley and knorr cube thoroughly
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan and fry the ground beef. Once it browns, add the tomato sauce
  4. Cook for additional 5 minutes and take off heat. Preheat oven to 350F
  5. Butter the oven safe dish and arrange one layer of plantain
  6. Place a layer of ground beef and top off with cheese. Layer plantain over it and one more layer of cheese
  7. Beat eggs with 2 tbsp milk and pour over lasagna then let sit for 3 minutes so the plantain soaks up the eggs
  8. Place in oven for 20 minutes then take out and serve hot
Tatashey http://www.tatashey.com/

4 Comments

  1. leah mark mamman
    November 18, 2014 / 12:11 PM

    looks amazing

    • Tatashey
      November 18, 2014 / 3:33 PM

      Thanks Leah!

  2. Sheba
    November 27, 2014 / 5:08 AM

    Hello Tatashey,

    I don’t have an oven now and I have been promising my husband I would make him Lasagna (Pasta). But he is a lover of plantain and this would be lovely for him. Is there anyway I can make it either in a microwave or on the stove?

    • Tatashey
      November 27, 2014 / 10:34 AM

      Hey Sheba! You definitely can. Just follow all the steps and when you get to the part where you need to use the oven, just cover the oven dish tightly and pop it in the microwave on high. 🙂 Hope that helps!

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