Ripe Plantain Pie

One pot dishes are the best. I really love sometimes being able to create a meal that is just in one pot and ready to serve. It doesn't make the mess less though. Sigh. But this ripe plantain pie recipe was another great one pot dish that I am very happy to share with you today. The union of the sweet ripe plantains sandwiching the savory chicken for a bite full of goodness.

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

Plantains are bananas cousins and are practically a Caribbean kitchen staple. They are used to make a variety of dishes across the islands from simply being boiled and sliced to being mashed and fried. Unlike bananas, these need to be cooked before being devoured and can be eaten through it's different stages: from green right through to over ripe.

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

For this dish, I used ripened plantains. As you can see the peel was turning black. The sure sign that the plantains are ripe. There must be black on there and you sometimes can even start to smell the sweetness coming through the peel. Sometimes some areas are soft to touch which is good. If the banana is still firm it would be a bit too firm of a pie.

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

The filling for this pie needs to be dry. Where I would normally brown my meat for a lasagne than add my veggies because I want liquid for that, for this I add everything at the same time because I want the meat cooked with the veggies but I don't want a lot of liquid in the filling. I add my tomatoes half way through the cooking and then make sure all that liquid dries up.

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

And then there is the CHEESE!!

You can use any cheese that you prefer for this. I do suggest that you get your block of cheese and grate it yourself since pre-shredded cheese has additives that makes it much harder to melt.Plus the block cheese tastes better..

Assembly is easy. Layer

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

then layer

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

then layer

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

then bake.

And voila.

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe

You have a yummy mix of sweet, and savory and cheessyy.

I prefer for the bottom of the pie to have more plantain than the top. But you have to be careful that there is enough to cover the top. Been there before.

Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe



Have you had plantain as a pie before? Let me know in the comments.

I have a few more plantain recipes coming up too... So excited



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Plantain Pie
Ripe Plantain Pie Recipe
by HomeMadeZagat
Prep Time: 00:20
Cook Time: 00:20
Keywords: bake entree
Ingredients (Serves 4)
    For Plantain
      • 4 ripe plantains
      • 3 tbs butter
    For Filling
      • 1 lb minced chicken
      • 1/4 of a green bell pepper, chopped
      • 1/4 of a red bell pepper, chopped
      • 1/4 of a yellow bell pepper, chopped
      • 1/4 onion, chopped
      • 1/3 cup chicken stock
      • Salt & Pepper to taste
      • Red pepper flakes
      • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
      • 3/4 cup grated cheese (adjust to likeness)
    Instructions
    For Plantains
    Cover plantains with water
    Boil till tender (15 - 20 minutes)
    Set aside to cool enough to handle
    Peel plantains and throw peel away
    Mash plantains together with butter

    For Filling
    Add chopped onion, garlic, peppers to meat and mix together
    Heat pot with oil and add meat mixture
    When halfway cooked add chicken stock and tomatoes
    Simmer till cooked
    Add salt and pepper to taste
    Raise temp to medium high till liquid evaporates
    In greased dish take half of plantain mash and level out
    Add half of cheese
    Add meat filling
    Add remaining plantain mash and level out
    Finish with cheese
    Bake until cheese becomes golden
    Leave to cool for five minutes
    Serve
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