• Ingredients: 31
  • Serves: 6

Plantain picadillo pie with cheese with queso fresco,* crumbled, divided, pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained, sliced.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 large semi-ripe plantains, peeled, cut on diagonal into 2- to 3-inch-long by 1/2-inch-thick ovals.

Filling

For salad

  • 8 oz very thin bean-thread noodles
  • 3/4 lb Chinese long beans or green beans, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pcs.
  • 1 seedless cucumber , halved lengthwise and sliced diagonally 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 firm-ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 2 thin carrots, cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh small basil leaves

Fettuccine

Assembly

Decoration

  • Mix of large and tiny white roses and fresias

Berry compote

Directions

For crust:

  1. Step 1 Heat oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add plantain slices and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

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  2. Step 2 Using slotted spoon, transfer slices to sheet of foil. Pat plantains with paper towels and cool. Reserve 2 tablespoons oil from skillet for filling.

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  3. Step 3 Line 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish with single layer of cooled plantains; reserve remaining for garnish.

For filling:

  1. Step 4 Heat reserved 2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.

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  2. Step 5 Add beef and sauté until brown, breaking into small pieces with back of fork, about 5 minutes.
  3. Step 6 Add tomato paste, raisins, green olives, oregano, cinnamon, cumin, and allspice and simmer until most liquid evaporates and filling is thick, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

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  4. Step 7 Preheat oven to 450°F. Crumble half of queso fresco over crust, then spoon in picadillo filling and press to compact.

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  5. Step 8 Sprinkle evenly with remaining queso fresco. Bake pie until cheese is melted and filling is heated through, about 25 minutes.

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  6. Step 9 *Queso fresco, also known as queso blanco, is available at some supermarkets and Latin markets.

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