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Stuffed Plantains: Recipes for Traditional Cuban Appetizers 

Tempted by some traditional Cuban appetizers? In the mood for a different kind of dinner? An authentic recipe for some stuffed plantains is what you need.

Welcome to an entree of excellence to traditional Cuban food and what is sure to be a special dinner party.

Traditional Menu Featuring Stuffed Plantains in Cuban Cuisine

These petite plantains, lightly fried, stuffed with your favorite filling, be it shredded beef or with a bit of shrimp creole or maybe just the cream of the cream, avocado sauce. In short, these stuffed plantains are just the opening to what can be an authentic Cuban dinner with, of course, an authentic Cuban menu

Another option is to taste the plantains not stuffed but as chips, the experience is different: this is the winning option for lovers of addictive crunchy chips. Plantain chips are sure to be found in any worthy Cuban restaurant. Also, for the crunchy team, another great classic option of Cuban food and, specifically, Cuban appetizers, are the incomparable yuca fries.

But now, what can we expect after these little fried magics in a dinner of traditional Cuban cuisine? For those looking for the most local flavor possible, you just can’t go wrong with a classic dish of ropa vieja, a Cuban sandwich with that tasty Cuban bread or a hearty dish of black beans and rice. Don’t despair, there’s tradition for all tastes. 

For the drink, no further introduction is needed: a traditional mojito can’t fail. Here too, there is something for everyone: from a classic mojito to more daring options such as a coconut mojito, strawberry mojito or mango mojito. It’s tropical life in a single cocktail. 

Stuffed Plantains Recipes

Now, the stuffed plantain recipes. Let’s go with three equally tasty classics that will serve different appetites, suitable for meat-eaters or vegetarians.

Shredded beef stuffed plantains recipe

Ingredients:

  • Ripe plantains
  • Shredded beef 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: diced onions and red bell peppers for added flavor

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Peel the ripe plantains and slice them lengthwise, creating a pocket for the filling.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the shredded beef and optional diced onions and bell peppers. Cook until heated through and the flavors meld together.
  • Stuff each plantain with the cooked shredded beef mixture, pressing gently to seal.
  • Place the stuffed plantains on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the plantains are tender and slightly golden.

Shrimp creole stuffed plantains recipe

Ingredients:

  • Ripe plantains
  • Fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Tomato sauce
  • Garlic, minced
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Green bell pepper, diced
  • Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  • Peel the ripe plantains and slice them lengthwise, creating a pocket for the filling.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic, chopped onions, and diced bell peppers. Sauté until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the fresh shrimp to the skillet and cook until they turn pink and opaque.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Stir well to combine.
  • Stuff each plantain with the shrimp creole mixture, ensuring an even distribution of ingredients.
  • Place the stuffed plantains on a serving platter, garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and serve hot. 

Avocado-cilantro sauce stuffed plantains recipe

  • Ripe plantains
  • Ripe avocados
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime juice
  • Garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt (optional, for extra creaminess)

Instructions:

  • Peel the ripe plantains and slice them lengthwise, creating a pocket for the filling.
  • In a bowl, mash ripe avocados with lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy.
  • Stuff each plantain with the avocado cilantro sauce, spreading it evenly.
  • Optional: For that extra soft creaminess, top each stuffed plantain with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Conclusion: Embrace Stuffed Plantains, Embrace Traditional Cuban Cuisine

To sum it up, stuffed plantains are the appetizer of choice in traditional Cuban cuisine, so if you want to organize a Cuban dinner party, this entry is a must. 

Everyone, the table, or the gateway to Havana, whatever you want to call it, is finally served. 

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