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Tico baked plantains with cheese

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Published on Friday, May 31, 2024

By Melissa Pette

Plantain is a must in Tico food.  Fried or baked and stuffed with cheese really complements this as a side dish or appetizer.  These are so delicious... betcha can't eat just one!

So, let's go to the kitchen!

Remember all ingredients can be easy to find at any Costa Rican supermarket or fruit vendor.  To serve 4 people, the ingredients are:

  • 2 ripe plantains.

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese (American-style cheese also works).

  • 1/4 cup of sour cream. If you like spicy food, substitute with one or two tablespoons of Lizano sauce (the Tico version of Worcestershire sauce).

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut off the ends of the plantains. Using the tip of the knife, slit the peel along the length of the plantain. Remove plantain peel by peeling it side to side rather than lengthwise.

Place peeled plantains on the baking sheet and brush with butter.

Bake plantains for 15 minutes, then flip them over and continue to bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove plantains from the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes. 

Make a lengthwise slit along the plantains leaving at least 2 inches at each end so they stay whole during baking. 

Use a knife or spoon to push the slit apart. Creating an opening for the cheese. 

Fill each plantain with 1/2 cup of cheese. Place them back in the oven and continue to bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and is golden brown. 

Before serving, drizzle sour cream or Lizano sauce on top and enjoy!

Have a Pura Vida weekend!

Everyone is invited to share their recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing More Costa Rica's delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.


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