Pastelón, a Caribbean layered casserole made with sweet plantains, is a dish with many interpretations stemming from individual family traditions. People across the Caribbean take familial pride in the dish and like to say that all pastelón are not created equal – and there are many delicious variations depending on country of origin. This version is a Dominican-style pastelón based on a family favorite, but with a lean twist. The classic Caribbean flavors of sweet and savory are kept bold, but this evolution incorporates healthier ingredients. Serve it at your next gathering and introduce this cherished tradition to your family.
Pastelón – Dominican Sweet Plantain Casserole
- 1 lb. ground turkey breast
- 1 medium summer squash or zucchini
- 4 Tbsp. Cento All Purpose Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- ½ yellow onion minced
- 1 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Pink Salt
- ½ tsp. Simply Organic Black Pepper
- ½ tsp. Turmeric
- 2 tsp. Italian herb, adobo or sofrito seasoning
- 1 tsp. Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp. Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese
Notes: For a vegan variation, use dairy-free cheese and vegan butter. Substitute turkey with sautéed tomatoes and eggplant or minced sautéed mushrooms with onions.
In saucepan, cover plantains with water and salt. (Note: Fill with enough water to just cover plantains; do not overfill). Boil for 20 minutes.
Drain water and let plantains cool slightly.
In bowl, mash plantains with potato masher.
Stir in butter and eggs until well combined.
Peel and grate squash. Squeeze out water using hands or cheese cloth and set aside.
Season turkey with salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic, onion, Italian, adobo or sofrito seasoning, vinegar. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and mix well. (Note: Do not overmix.)
In skillet over medium heat, combine turkey and squash and cook 10-15 minutes.
Add tomatoes, crushed red peppers and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Grease 8x8-inch glass casserole dish with butter.
In dish, spread half of plantain mixture. Top with turkey mixture, then sprinkle on half of mozzarella cheese.
Top with remaining plantain mixture, then additional mozzarella cheese.
Bake 30 minutes.
Let cool slightly before serving.