Jibarito (Puerto Rican Green Plantain and Steak Stacks)

Jibarito (Puerto Rican Green Plantain and Steak Stacks)


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About this recipe: 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.


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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