Aborrajados (Fried Sweet Plantains With Cheese)

Aborrajados - Fried Sweet Plantains With Cheese

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
243 Calories
17g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 221mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 249mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Aborrajados are a Colombian treat, and like buñuelos and torta de choclo they are hard to categorize. They are both savory and sweet—appetizer and/or dessert. Aborrajados are sweet ripe slices of plantain that have been stuffed with cheese, coated in batter and deep-fried. Some people like to add a slice of guava paste to their aborrajados, which pushes them towards the dessert category.

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  • 2 ripe plantains, black and yellow

  • 1/2 cup grated cheese, farmer cheese, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella

  • 2 large eggs

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Aborrajados - Fried Sweet Plantains With Cheese ingredients

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  2. Preheat several inches of oil to 360 F.

    oil in a pot, thermometer

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  3. Slice the ends off of the plantains, then slice through the peel lengthwise several times to help remove the peel. Slice the plantains crosswise into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces.

    plantains peeled and sliced on a cutting board

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  4. Fry the plantain slices in the oil until golden brown, about 4 minutes.

    plantain slices frying in a pot with oil

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  5. Drain the plantain pieces on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, place each slice between two pieces of waxed paper, and use the flat bottom of a glass to flatten the plantain to about 1/4 inch thickness.

    use the flat bottom of a glass to flatten the plantain pieces

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  6. Sandwich 1 to 2 tablespoons of grated cheese between 2 slices of plantain, pressing the plantain together around the edges to seal in the cheese. Repeat with remaining plantain slices.

    cheese on top of a flattened plantain, plantain pieces

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  7. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together. Stir in the eggs, and add enough milk to make a thick batter. Stir until well mixed.

    egg mixture in a bowl

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  8. Dip the plantain "sandwiches" into the batter to coat them, then return them to the oil to fry in batches, until golden brown and crispy on the outside (about 4 minutes).

    Aborrajados - Fried Sweet Plantains With Cheese frying in a pot

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  9. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

    Aborrajados - Fried Sweet Plantains With Cheese

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