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That video is the short,short,shortcut way to make Puerto Rican Lasagna.  If you add a few more ingredients and cheese, you have an incredibly tasty dish that really is not hard to make.  I made this over the weekend and you’ve got to try it!

You can get all of the ingredients at most stores.  The Plantains, you may have to go to a latin market.  There is a very good one on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

Here is the recipe

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

10 to 15 Spanish Olives

2 teaspoons Adobo seasoning

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tablespoons of Sofrito

1/2 cup raisins

1 can (15 oz) 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


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,Sofrito 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.

If you want to double the amount, simply double the ingredients.  Don’t forget to use olives and Sofrito.  Those two items make the ground beef savory.  Contrast the sweet plantains and this dish is loaded with flavor!

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