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Baked Piñón


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Description

A plantain meat pie layered with cooked plantain pieces, chunks of meat mixture and shredded cheese for a sweet and savory dish!  I discovered this dish while visiting a restaurant in Puerto Rico.   It was so delicious that I decided to create my own version.


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Ingredients

Meat Mixture:

  • pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sofrito made with culantro
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 3 sprigs chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lite salt or to taste
  • ⅓ cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika (to add color)
  • 1½ teaspoons of adobo without salt

Preparing Ripe Plantains:

  • 3 ripe plantains, peeled and cut into ½-inch diagonal slices
  • 4 tablespoons margarine made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cheese for Meat Pie

  • 1 pound shredded Gouda cheese

Instructions

  1.  Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.   Add the remaining ingredients for preparing the meat mixture except for the ground turkey.  Stir all the ingredients until well blended and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes
  2.  Add 1½ pounds of ground turkey.  Stir the ground turkey until it is completely coated with the tomato-oil based sauce.  Cover skillet with lid and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3.  After several minutes of cooking, stir the meat.  Cook for approximately 25 to 30 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Cover saucepan with lid.
  4.  Melt 4 tablespoons of margarine and place the plantain slices in saucepan.  Sauté until golden brown on both sides.
  5.  On a cutting board, cut the cooked plantain slices into smaller pieces.  Place in a bowl and set aside.
  6.  Using a baking pan, measuring 8 X 8 X 2 inches, assemble the Piñón by layering first with plantain pieces, meat mixture and cheese.   Repeat this process again.
  7.  Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350°F.  Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

Note:  If using ground beef, reduce olive oil to 1 tablespoon.  Since we also want the meat to remain in chunks, we need to limit the frequency of stirring the ground turkey.

To reduce your fat intake and sodium, you can use Mozzarella Cheese instead of Gouda Cheese.

  • Category: Plantain Meat Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Baked Piñón, Piñón, Meat Pie, Plantain Meat Pie