|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 40g||52%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||44%|
|Total Carbohydrate 54g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||18%|
|Total Sugars 24g|
|Vitamin C 25mg||125%|
|*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.|
In Puerto Rico, jibaro is a reference to the island's rural, agrarian population. However, in Chicago, a jibarito is a unique and original sandwich created by Puerto Rican immigrants at the Borinquen restaurant in Humboldt Park. Today it is served throughout the city.
The distinguishing feature of this sandwich is the replacement of bread with smashed, fried plantains. It's brilliantly delicious and you can add any of your favorite sandwich fixings.
This particular jibarito recipe features roast beef topped with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a spiced mayonnaise. You can make these full-sized and enjoy them as a meal or cut the plantains down and build them into small party sandwiches.
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“Using plantains in place of bread is ingenious! Not only was it fun to flatten the plantains and refry, but the sandwich was absolutely delicious. I loved the simple spicy aioli combined with the bold flavors of the cheese, onion, and roast beef. I added pickles, too, for an extra punch.” —Diana Andrews
2 cups neutral cooking oil, such as canola
2 large green plantains
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 large lettuce leaves
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 slices Swiss cheese
1/2 pound roast beef, thinly sliced
Olives, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oil to 350 F in a large skillet or pot for shallow frying.
Peel the plantains, cut them in half crosswise, then cut each half lengthwise.
Fry the plantains in oil for 4 minutes. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels.
Flatten the plantains. Re-fry in the hot oil in batches, if necessary, for another 4 minutes or until the plantains are crispy. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Salt lightly. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder.
Spread the mayonnaise mix on one side of the flat plantains.
Build your sandwich by layering the tomatoes, onions, cheese, roast beef, and lettuce using the flat plantains as if they were bread.
Stick a toothpick with olives in the middle of the sandwich and serve immediately.
- It is important to use green plantains, as they are firm enough to resemble bread, whereas yellow (and definitely black) would be too soft.
- Ensure the plantain slices are fried until they're nice and crispy and are drained very well, otherwise, you will end up with a greasy mess.
- If you scour Chicago's restaurant menus, you will find jibaritos with everything from chicken to shrimp and even vegetarian versions with tofu. Whatever you choose, be sure to top it with a great cheese and the freshest, crispest vegetables you can find.
- Garlic mayonnaise is a popular condiment for jibaritos. It's easy to make at home; simply mix garlic with mayo, salt, and lemon juice, which is a classic aioli recipe.
- You can increase or decrease the size of this recipe to fit your needs. Simply keep in mind that one plantain will make two full sandwiches.
Is a Jibarito sandwich gluten-free?
As long as you use gluten-free fillings, a jibarito is a gluten-free sandwich, since it uses fried flattened plantains instead of bread.