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!
Yield: 9 servings
5 from 1 vote

Turkey Pastelón (Sweet Plantain Lasagna)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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