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Puerto Rican Jibarito

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Jibarito is an authentic Puerto Rican sandwich made out of flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread. This version uses flank steak and is complemented by Swiss cheese, tomato, onion and a garlic-flavored mayonnaise.

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  • Servings: 4
This Recipe is: Low Sodium


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  • Step 1 of 11

    coffee granules in water.

  • Step 2 of 11

    PLACE steak in large, resealable plastic bag; add coffee mixture, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper and bouillon. Press bag with fingers incorporating all ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

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    CUT both ends of plantains, then slice through peel lengthwise. Carefully pull on the peel to remove.

  • Step 4 of 11

    SLICE plantains in half lengthwise then slice those pieces in half. You should end up with 8 pieces.

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    HEAT 4 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat; fry plantain pieces for 2 minutes on each side or until slightly softened. Remove from heat; place on a flat surface.

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    FLATTEN plantain quarters with a heavy dish or a foil-wrapped brick to approximately ¼-inch-thick pieces.

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    HEAT 4 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat. Fry flattened plantain pieces in oil for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from oil; place on paper towel-lined plate.

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    HEAT remaining tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove meat from bag; pan-fry for 10 minutes on each side. Set aside and cover.

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    mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix with a fork; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes before using.

  • Step 10 of 11

    ASSEMBLE sandwiches by spreading garlic aioli on 4 flattened plantains. Top with a slice of meat, cheese, tomato and onion. Cover with remaining flattened plantains. Serve with a side of rice and olives.

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    TIP: If plantains are not available in your area, use a hoagie bun or French bread instead.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 4
Calories 440
Calories from Fat 240
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Sugars 16g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 15%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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