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After learning so much about Turbana and their causes, I wanted to do my part and support the company.  I headed to the store and purchased some Turbana plantains. ...
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After learning so much about Turbana and their causes, I wanted to do my part and support the company.  I headed to the store and purchased some Turbana plantains.  This was a little scary for me, as I have never attempted to cook a plantain…whoa, let me tell you, they are not a banana.  Once I got my bearings, I research the best recipe I could find.  I found it alright!  Over the weekend I whipped up this bit of awesomeness.

 

You have got to try these!!!

 

Bacon and cheese stuffed ripe plantains {Canoas de plátano con tocino y queso}

Yield: 6 baked ripe plantains

 

Recipe for bacon and cheese stuffed ripe plantains made with baked ripe plantains filled with crispy bacon, grated mozzarella and queso fresco. Served with spicy aji criollo hot sauce.

 

Ingredients

6 ripe plantains, whole

1-2 tbs melted butter or oil, use as little as you want

2 cups, about 8 ounces, of grated or crumbled cheese, a mix of mozzarella and queso fresco

8 ounces of Smithfield Applewood bacon, cut into small pieces

To serve:

Aji criollo sauce or your favorite hot sauce

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.

Peel the ripe plantains, place them on a baking sheet and rub them with butter or oil.

Bake the plantains for 25-30 minutes, then turn plantain over. You can brush them with oil or melted butter when turning them over if they look like they are getting too dry.

Bake for another 15 minutes or until they’re golden on both sides.

While the plantains are baking, or ahead of time, cook the bacon pieces in a frying pan until crispy, drain the grease and let the bacon pieces cool down.

Remove the plantains from the oven, made a lengthwise slit in the center of each plantain, and stuff them with layers of bacon and cheese.

Return the bacon and cheese stuffed plantains to the oven and bake for about 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.

Serve immediately.

http://laylita.com/recipes/2014/02/13/bacon-and-cheese-stuffed-ripe-plantains/

 

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