Rapidito en Viernes=Quicky Fridays

Lasagna de Platano Maduro=Plantain Lasagna

Hola Amigos and Welcome Friday! Hope you all had a healthy and productive first week of March! Big change this weekend...Spring Forward, yeah we loose 1 hour of sleep but on the positive side, we are gaining 1 hour of daylight to have more fun outdoors working and playing with family and friends.
I'm closing my week with a Latin twist on an Italian classic, Lasagna. It's basically your favorite lasagna recipe but instead of using noodles you will use ripe plantains!

I love Plantains...they are super versatile and you can use them in every single stage, green, yellow, spotted with black dots and black! They are delicious. A few Sundays ago I had the honor of being guest blogger at my friend Cynthia's blog  Fedding Big and More, there I wrote a post just about plantains and how to cook them in all these stages I mentioned before as part of her fantastic series Around The World in 80 Sundays focusing on Panamanian Cuisine. I encourage you my dear friends to visit her blog and this post to learn more about Plantains.
Here is our recipe

Lasagna de Platano Maduro-Plantain Lasagna

Meat Sauce
1 Pound Ground Sirloin
1 Pound Ground Pork
1 Large onion chopped
2 Garlic chopped
1 can (6oz) Tomato paste
1 Large can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 bottle of your favorite Spaghetti Sauce
2 Dried Bay leaves
1 Teaspoon sugar
1 TPBS Italian Seasoning 
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Red Pepper Flakes to Taste
On the biggest pot you have, on medium heat, brown sirloin, pork, onion and garlic. Once browned, add tomato paste, roasted tomatoes spaghetti sauce, sugar, italian seasoning, salt and pepper, bay leaves and pepper flakes. Cover and Simmer for 45 minutes.

Bechamel Sauce
1 Stick of butter
4 TBSP flour
4 Cups Milk
1 Tsps Salt
1/2 Tsps freshly grated Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese.
On a saucepan on low-medium heat your basic roux adding the flour to the melted butter until the mix turns to a golden color . Little by little add the milk one cup at the time, whisking it so it won't stick to the bottom of your saucepan, add the cheese and keep whisking until it thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and grated nutmeg.

Cheese Mix
1 16oz Container of Cottage Cheese
1 pound Mozzarella Cheese + 1 cup
2 CupsSpinach Leaves washed and rinsed
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
Add the cheeses to a bowl, stir in the egg. Mix until the egg is incorporated to the cheese mix. Add Spinach and salt and pepper to taste.

6-8 Black Spotted or all Black Plantains
 The plantains peel very easily as I'm showing you here, cut them in an angle so you have like little diamond shaped thin slices as you can also see in the pictures.

Assemble your lasagna as you would a regular one, a little bit of meat sauce, in this case plantains instead of noodles, more meat sauce, bechamel sauce and cheese mix. Another layer of plantains, meat sauce, bechamel and cheese mix. Top it with the extra cup of mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees covered for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 25 minutes. Let it cool before cutting and serving.

Serve it with a green salad or a slice or your favorite garlic bread.

I know this is not your typical quick fixing recipe...but you can enjoy it all weekend long with plenty leftover for any other day of the week. 

The amount ingredients given in this recipe will make a regular 9x13 lasagna baking pan. I divided mine in two small ones so I can freeze one and use at a later day!

As you can see...it slices just like your regular lasagna, and believe me folks it's delicious!

I hope you enjoy my little treat today and maybe make this recipe for your family and friends one of these weekends, they would love it, even more because as you know everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love!


  1. Lizy, I love plantains and will be giving this a try... Saw it on facebook, but I am also thinking that you must have put it on our Linky party... I am sure this is delicious.

    1. Hi Marlys...yes dear I added it to the party! It's very tasty..and this coming out of the mouth of a teenager who pretty much ate the whole baking dish by himself...lol...Thank you for stopping by!

    2. Just to let you know that I picked this recipe to be my host favorite for this week. I do plan on making it but will wait until hubby is home to make it.. It looks so delicious..
      So it will be featured tomorrow on the Daily Dish Magazine and next week's party on my page.

    3. Oh Marlys, Thank You so much!!! That is awesome...if you have any questions please let me know and I will walk you through the process. Again Marlys, Thank You! Hugs, Lizy

  2. I am not sure about the bananas... but GISH DARN that looks amazingly delicious - I love Lasagna too :)

  3. Wow, this looks so good!! I found you from Let's Get Social Party, and I'm so glad I did. Your recipes are amazing!

    Lena at http://frugalandthankful.blogspot.com

  4. This looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of plantains. I'm going to have to try this! Stopping by from Let's Get Social Sunday -- and I'm a new follower! Can't wait to try out some of your recipes & I'm looking forward to more posts!
    -Leia @ latitudeadjustment1.blogspot.com

    1. Hi Leia! Thank so much and thank you for following the blog! I just paid you a visit and left you a comment. Hope to hear from you soon! Have a great week!

  5. I love plantains.I am gonna have to try this.

    1. Bintu..I was happily surprised when I read your post at Feeding Big and More that in Sierra Leon the people enjoy plantains (and music) as much as we do...I sure you will enjoy this dish! If you have any questions..please let me know.

  6. Just voted for this at foodie friends friday.

    1. Thank You so Much Bintu! Truly appreciate it! Hugs, Lizy

  7. Hello
    Visiting from the hop. Your blog is awesome and it makes me hungry. I'm your new follow. Hope you will visit my blog and follow back.

  8. Your recipe is to unique and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow this is so cool - I've been looking for different ways to use plantains lately. Gotta try this!

  10. I am a plantain fan, but never thought to use them in lasagna. Thanks for the share, the pictures look good enough to eat. :)

  11. How interesting! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  12. I tried to comment from my phone, but I'm not sure it worked. If it did and this is basically a repeat, I'm sorry! Anyway, I shoed my man this and he is so super excited! He doesn't like pasta, but the idea of using plantains instead of noodles has him really stoked. Thanks for sending me the link! I'm sorry if my earlier comment was confusing. I don't know that he's ever had plantain empanadas - I meant that plantains are the only sweet thing he ever wants to make at home! I'm sure he'd eat plantain empanadas, though, given the chance!