Pastelón is a Dominican and Puerto Rican dish. The dish is prepared differently on both islands.[1]

Pastelón
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Pastelón
Alternative namesPiñón
CourseMain course
Place of originDominican Republic and Puerto Rico
Serving temperatureHot

Ingredients and preparationEdit

The pastelón is a casserole dish consisting of typical Latin Caribbean foods such as plantains, sofrito, and seasoned, mince meat (beef).[2]

Dominican RepublicEdit

In the Dominican Republic this dish is made with boiled Sweet plantains and then mashed. Ground meat is sautéed with most peppers, onions, herbs, spices, garlic, wine and other ingredients.is then layered just like a lasagna Plantains are placed at the bottom of a backing pan layered with meat filling, cheese and bechamel sauce or marinara sauce. This is then repeated about two more times making layers just like a lasagna. It is then baked. Plantains can be replaced with batata or boiled mashed yuca

Puerto RicoEdit

 
A version of pastelón prepared with sweet plantains, ground beef, tomato-based sauce and cheese.

In Puerto Rico pastelón is considered a Puerto Rican lasagna. Sweet plantains are peeled cut lengthwise in to strips and fried in butter and olive oil mix. The plantain replaces lasagna pasta. Diced meat is sautéed with most notably bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, herbs, spices, olives, capers, raisins, garlic, wine and other ingredients. Plantains are then placed at the bottom of a backing pan layered with meat filling, cheese and bechamel sauce or marinara sauce. This is then repeated about two more times making layers just like a lasagna. It is then baked. Plantains can be replaced with batata or boiled mashed yuca.

There is also another version where sweet plantains are turned in to lasagna pasta sheets mixing plantains, eggs, salt, and semolina.

Vegetarian pastelón is popular as well replacing meat with mushrooms, eggplant, squash, string beans, potato or chayote.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Browne, Kali Amanda (2012). Kali, The Food Goddess. Booktango. ISBN 978-1468906998. Retrieved 22 October 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Beyond Shepherd's Pie: Puerto Rican Pastelón de Plátano Maduro". Cooking Channel.