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Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Yield: 8 servings

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Plantain Empanadas
This recipe serves: 8  

For the dough:

3 ripe plantains,unpeeled
1 ripe banana,peeled
1 teaspoon salt

For the stuffing:

1 small poblano chili pepper,roasted, peeled and seeded
1 cup cold refried black beans
2 scallions (white and some green parts), thinly sliced
1/4 cup grated anejo, Romano or feta cheese
1/4 cup grated manchego or Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For frying:

1/4 cup peanut oil


1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Cooking Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Cut a lengthwise slit into each plantain and set on a baking sheet. Bake until the flesh is thoroughly soft and oozing through the slit, 40 to 50 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3. Meanwhile, make the stuffing: Finely dice the poblano chile. Combine with the remaining stuffing ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. The stuffing can be made up to a day in advance and reserved in the refrigerator.

4. Make the dough in a food processor or in a mixer with a paddle attachment: Peel, trim and discard any tough ends from the plantains. Combine the plantains, banana and salt and pulse until a smooth puree is formed, or mix until just blended. Be careful not to overwork the dough, or it will become too starchy. Wrap in plastic and chill for about 2 hours.

5. To assemble the empanadas, roll 2 tablespoons of the dough lightly between your palms to form a ball. Line the bottom of a tortilla press with a small plastic bag and place the ball of dough in the center. Place another small bag over the dough and press to form a 3 1/2 inch circle. (If you do not have a tortilla press, the dough can be flattened with the palm of your hand on a counter, with a sheet of plastic above and below to prevent sticking.) Place about 1 teaspoon of the bean stuffing on half of the dough circle and fold over to enclose, pressing the edges to seal. Place the stuffed empanadas on a platter and chill at least 30 minutes or as long as a day. (Stuffed empanadas can also be frozen.)

6. To cook the empanadas, heat the peanut oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Fry 4 to 6 empanadas at a time, shaking the pan constantly, about 1 minute per side or until dark brown all over. (If they darken too quickly, as they may if very ripe plantains were used, lower the flame slightly.) Drain on paper towels, leaving the remaining oil in the pan. Serve hot with Crema, or sour cream for dipping.

Serving Size: 3 empanadas

Nutritional Information
Number of Servings: 8
Per Serving
Calories 160 Carbohydrate 20 g
Fat 7 g Fiber 3 g
Protein 5 g Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 220 mg


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