Jibarito (Puerto Rican Green Plantain and Steak Stacks)

    25 min

    This is a type of Puerto Rican sandwich that is missing the bread! Fried green plantains replace the bread and are used to sandwich a tasty stack of steak, cheese, tomato and lettuce, all spiced with garlic, cumin and oregano.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 475ml vegetable oil for frying
    • 1 green plantain, peeled and halved lengthways
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 20g beef skirt or flank steak, cut into thin strips
    • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 pinch cumin
    • 1 pinch dried oregano
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • 1 Cheddar cheese slice, cut in half
    • 2 slices tomato
    • 3 leaves lettuce

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Heat 475ml vegetable oil in a large, deep frying pan or deep fryer to 175 degrees C. Place plantain halves in the oil and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until they float. Remove from oil and drain on kitchen paper.
    2. Place plantain halves between 2 cutting boards. Press to flatten. Place the flattened plantains back in the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper.
    3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan. Add the garlic, steak, onion, cumin and oregano. Cook, stirring frequently, until steak is cooked through.
    4. To serve, spread mayonnaise on one of the plantain slices. Top with cheese, steak and onion mixture, lettuce and tomato. Place the other plantain half on top to form a sandwich. Cut in half and serve!

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    Born and raised in Chicago as a Puerto Rican, we enjoy these with thick slices of cooked pork (Jamon) instead of steak. My personal addition is a slice of avacado. This is a very easy and special traditional meal. When preparing to take out...wrap each sandwich individually in foil to help keep ingredients together...but best fresh and hot! YUM!!!  -  18 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    ¡Qué Rico! I LOVE these sandwiches. They make you happy when you make them and eat them...at least they do in our house. I always made mine with chicken, but the skirt steak is excellente!  -  07 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I don't get it....I did not like this at all. The parts of the dish don't blend well. I also thought the directions were lacking at times.  -  14 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)