This hearty and comforting dish is just like a savory lasagna made complete with delicious Latin spices. The flavor profile is slightly sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time, which culminates into one truly delicious flavor experience. A great accompaniment to this dish would be to serve it with warm tortillas and a green salad. This warm and delicious dish is the epitome of a comfort food experience.
7 tablespoons canola oil, divided
4 ripe plantains, peeled and sliced into 14-inch strips
1 pound ground sirloin
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (about 1 onion)
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper (about 1 bell pepper)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (.18-oz.) envelope sazón seasoning sin Achiote (without Annatto)
2 teaspoons adobo seasoning
2 teaspoons dried oregano
8 pimiento-stuffed green olives, halved
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup raisins
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salted butter
12 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 3 cups), divided
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons whole milk
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add one-third of plantain strips, and fry until golden brown and slightly crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat procedure 2 more times with 4 tablespoons of the oil and remaining plantain strips. Wipe skillet clean.
Stir together ground sirloin, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, sazón seasoning, adobo seasoning, and oregano in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium-high; add ground sirloin mixture, and cook, stirring often, until beef is browned and vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in olives, tomato sauce, raisins, and bay leaves; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove and discard bay leaves.
Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with butter. Layer one-third of plantain slices on bottom of pan. Top with half of sirloin mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining one-third of plantain slices.
Whisk together eggs and milk in a small bowl. Slowly pour egg mixture over casserole. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and mixture is bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 6 squares.
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