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July 20th, 2012

Canoes for Dinner, Stuffed Yellow Plantain Boats with Pork Picadillo, Recipe, Cocina Criolla, A little bit of This; A little bit of That, Easy

The Spanish word “picar” means to “mince” or “chop”…..A picadillo is just that; everything is either minced or chopped.  It is made with spices, tomato sauce, raisins, olives, garlic, and pretty much, beef is what it is used.

The plantains are so versatile.  They are from the banana family; they are a starch, but they do have less sugar than the banana.  When they are green they are used to make “tostones” and “mofongo”.  But as they ripen, they can be stuffed and even made into a dessert.


Considered a comfort food for so many that have plantains available year-round.

So, there I was looking at two ripe but firm plantains with spots on them.  They were not totally ripe, which is exactly how you want them when making Stuffed Canoes. Green plantains are my favorite but I was not going to let these ones go to waste.

The first thing you need to do is peel them.  They are much easier than the green ones.  A few slits here or there and the skin comes off.

Deep fry them until a golden color.  Drain on paper towels and then put aside until ready to stuff.


As I was looking for items to make the picadillo I had to do with what I had on hand.  So, basically, the picadillo was made with pork sausage.  Actually, it turned out pretty good.

My recipe for Picadillo is called “What kind of Picadillo is that?

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1/2 lb. pork sausage (I used Jimmy Dean, which is gluten free.)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup sliced manzanilla olives with pimiento

1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes in oil

4 ounces of tomato sauce

A few dashes of Tabasco (optional)

Pepper to taste

A couple of ounces of Velveeta Cheese chopped

Grated Parmesan (about 1/4 cup)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a frying pan, add the Olive Oil, heat and add the pork sausage.  Cook for a few minutes and then add the onion.  Continuing cooking until sausage is totally crumbled and the onion is soft.

Add manzanilla olives, sun dried tomatoes, and stir.

Add tomato sauce, pepper and Tabasco.  Stir and remove from heat.

Add the Velveeta Cheese.  Mix it in.  (If you want to add another kind of cheese, you know what to do.)

Make a slit in each plantain from top to bottom but careful not to go completely through.  You will find that the plantain is very pliable.  It will give as you stuff it.  Put enough picadillo, just like in the picture.


Then, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until completely heated through.


To serve you can do several things.  You can give one to each person, which looks nicer, or just a half.  You can serve it with a green salad.  The colors would be really nice.


Make them your own.  Remember I just kept adding ingredients that I usually like when cooking.  I did not have raisins but I would add a couple of tablespoons, as well.


Enjoy them.  It is a good combination.  The sweetness of the plantains with all those other ingredients make them “deliciosos”.

Have a good one!!

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