NPH El Salvador’s 80-acre farm provides nourishing food and serves as a living-classroom.
NPH El Salvador
Recipe: Canoas de Platanos Maduros
“Sweet plantain canoes” are a popular snack in El Salvador.
Time: 45 mins Serves: 4
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 onion, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 green pepper, minced
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tsp adobo seasoning
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 1 packet sazón seasoning
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 8 green stuffed olives, halved
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup tomato sauce
- 4 ripe plantains, peeled
- ½ cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Swiss)
- Vegetable oil
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Combine beef, onion, pepper, garlic, cilantro, adobo, oregano, vinegar, and sazón packet in a bowl. Mix well.
- Add olive oil to large skillet and heat over medium-high. Add meat mixture and cook until brown. Add bay leaves, olives, raisins, and tomato sauce. Mix and let simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Add just enough vegetable oil to cover plantains, about 2 in. Fry for 8-10 minutes, until golden and slightly crispy. Let cool on plate with paper towels to drain.
- Cut slit vertically down inside curve of plantains, gently prying open. Layer inside with shredded cheese and meat mixture, topping with cheese. Transfer to non-stick sprayed baking dish.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and browed. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.