When it comes to staple foods in the Caribbean, plantains are as popular as rice. Plantains are grown all over the islands and are used in all kinds of recipes from desserts to savory dishes.
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In Puerto Rico, “jibaro” is a reference to the island's rural, agrarian population, but in Chicago, a plantain sandwich (jibarito) is a unique and original sandwich created by Puerto Rican immigrants. Its distinguishing feature is the replacement of bread with smashed fried plantains.
Our jibarito version has a roast beef filling with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and seasoned mayonnaise. You can make these large or small for party sandwiches.
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Green plantain turkey stuffing, also called Mofongo Stuffing, is an excellent alternative to the traditional breaded and meat stuffing associated with a Thanksgiving turkey. This mouthwatering stuffing is made from plantains, bacon, garlic, and ajíces dulces (sweet chili peppers).
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The key to an excellent plate of sweet fried ripe plantains is to ensure that the plantains are at the right degree of ripeness. The skin should be almost black or in some cases, have a dull yellow color with patches of black. The riper the plantain, the sweeter.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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