Turkey Pastelón (Sweet Plantain Lasagna)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Turkey Pastelón is a latin lasagna made of strips of sweet plantain layered with savory picadillo and cheese. It's that sweet salty thing that makes it taste SO good!
For the Turkey Picadillo:
- 1.25 lb 93% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 to mato (chopped)
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- 4 oz 1/2 can tomato sauce
- kosher salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp alcaparrado (capers or green olives would work too)
For the Pastelon:
- cooking spray (I used my mister)
- 4 ripe plantains (peeled and sliced into thin strips)
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- 3 large egg whites (beaten)
- 2 tbsp fat free milk
- 1 1/2 cups reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese
Brown the ground turkey on medium heat in large sauté pan and season with salt and pepper.
Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up into small pieces.
Add the chopped onions, garlic, pepper, tomato and cilantro and continue cooking on a low heat.
Add alcaparrado (or olives and capers) and about 2 tbsp of the brine (this adds great flavor) cumin, oregano, bay leaves, and more salt if needed.
Add tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of water and mix well.
Reduce heat to low and simmer covered about 15 minutes.
Preheat to oven to 350°F.
Lightly spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with oil.
Heat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium heat.
When hot spray with oil to lightly coat the bottom.
Cook plantains for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden; set aside.
Assemble by layering the plantains, then the cooked turkey picadillo, then about 1/4 cup of cheese and repeat.
You want to finish with a layer of plantains.
Beat the egg and egg whites with 2 tbsp of milk and pour over the pastelón to help bind everything, letting it sit for a minute or two to soak in.
Top off with the remaining cheese.
Cover tight with foil and bake in the oven 30 to 35 minutes, or until completely heated through.
Cut into 9 equal pieces and serve.
Serving: 1/9th slice, Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 314mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 13g
Blue Smart Points: 8
Green Smart Points: 9
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 7