This week I am noting a Puerto Rican dish called Amarillo Relleno. It is made with an amarillo, sometimes called a madura. In English an Amarillo Relleno is a sweet ripened plantain that is filled with meat and topped with cheese.
My Madrina / Godmother would make this very simple entree with another Puerto Rican staple: arroz con gandules / rice and peas (recipe to come). It’s delicious! The sweetness of the banana is a sharp contrast to the meat filling.
*Photos to come
- 2 medium to large sweet plaintains
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup of oil
- 8 oz of shredded mozerella cheese (app. 2 cups)
- 1/2 a small onion, diced
- 1/2 cup diced green or red bell pepper
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsps. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 envelope of Sazón with achiote
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
Preparation of Meat
- Brown the ground turkey in a small pan with water.
- Add onion, bell pepper, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, Sazón with achiote, and tomato sauce.
- Cover pan and continue boiling on medium flame for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Uncover pan. Continue to boil the meat for another 15 minutes or until cooked.
Preparation of Maduro (Sweet Ripened Plaintain)
- Cut ends of plaintain off. Slice skin/outer layer horizontally. Peel off skin/outer layer.
- Preheat oil in frying pan.
- Once heated place entire plaintain in oil.
- Fry each plaintain until golden on all sides.
- Remove from pan. Place plaintains on paper towel to blot oil.
Preparation of Maduro Relleno
- Slice cooked plaintain horizontally. Open plaintain, without tearing, to accomadate meat.
- Stuff meat in the opening, filling the plaintain halfway.
- Put shredded cheese on top of the meat.
- Repeat step 2 & 3 until you reach top of plaintain.
- Place stuffed plaintain on a baking pan.
- Bake on 350-375 until cheese melts and serve!
You can eat Maduro Relleno (Stuffed sweet plaintain) with a salad or for an authentic Puerto Rican meal serve it with Arroz con gandules /rice and peas and salad.
- This is a very rich and filling entree. I normally serve one entire Maduro Relleno per person with salad. However, if you slice the maduro relleno in half and serve with rice you can serve 4.
- You can substitute beans for the meat if you want to make this a vegan dish!
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