Crab Meat Piononos
Crab Meat Piononos

Crab Meat Piononos

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Originally a cream-filled cake, piononos were named after Pope Pius IX or “Pio Nono” because he loved this confection. Italian immigrants brought different versions to Latin America, such as this savory Puerto Rican one that incorporates two island staples—plantains and seafood. Peppers, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice add depth of flavor to the creamy filling. They are also delicious filled with picadillo (ground beef hash).

20 mins. to Prepare

25 mins. Cooking Time

0 mins. Standing Time

45 mins. Total

Servings: 6 servings (2 piononos each)

Difficulty: Intermediate

This recipe is: Low Sodium


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PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 12 muffin cups.

PLACE plantain slice in each cup, bending slice to line edge of cup. Repeat with others. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, ají peppers, onion and garlic, stir occasionally, until onion is tender. Add bouillon, cilantro, lime juice, tomato and crabmeat. Mix well; remove from heat. Season to taste with pepper and salt, if desired.

DIVIDE crab meat mixture evenly in the center of each muffin cup lined with plantains. Combine eggs and evaporated milk in small glass measure. Pour milk mixture in each muffin cup (use fork to make room for milk in mold).

BAKE for about 25 minutes or until set. Serve warm alone or accompanied with Island Mojo and white rice.

NOTE: The ripe plantains can be prepared in the microwave: Cut the ends and make an incision in the peel. Wrap in paper towels. Cook one plantain on HIGH (100%) power for 3 minutes, or cook two for 5 minutes.

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 6 servings (2 piononos each)
Calories from Fat70
 %Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g11%
Cholesterol 125mg41%
Sodium 390mg16%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 24g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A35%
Vitamin C160%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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I tried this with our most available fish in Alaska, salmon. And it worked. Now I have another way to use salmon.


love crab meat usually with something other than plantains. love plantains sauteed in butter, then add cinnamon and brown sugar and that is superb served over a nice french vanilla ice cream.


As a child, piononos were a favorite dinner of us. It was always done with ground beef. Trying this one with crab was different and delicious. I highly recommend everyone tries their hand with this recipe.


These were good, moist and great for any occasion. I will prepare it again.


This recipe sounded different so I read through it. I had never cooked with plantains so decided it was time to try. The recipe is simple, I used imatation crab meat - it worked just fine. Be sure and include time to make the sauce. This was a new taste for my family but was well received. It can be fun to try new tastes. It's fun to get a little info about the country of origin also. Will be making this again.

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