Ecuadorian Green Plantain Dumplings (Bolon)

    Ecuadorian Green Plantain Dumplings (Bolon)
    Sherlly Ontiveros

    Fried plantains get mashed into dumplings studded with crumbled white cheese and sliced scallions in this Ecuadorian dish. A quick fresh tomato and scallion sauce is the perfect topping. Serve with scrambled or fried eggs and coffee for a satisfying, and rejuvenating, breakfast or brunch.

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    For the Sauce:
    2
    plum tomatoes, diced
    2
    scallions, thinly sliced
    1/3
    cup
    cilantro, chopped
    2
    tablespoons
    unsalted butter
    *
    kosher salt, to taste
    *
    pinch
    cayenne pepper
    For the Dumplings:
    2
    green plantains, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
    1/3
    cup
    crumbled fresh white cheese
    1/3
    cup
    thinly sliced scallions
    2
    tablespoons
    unsalted butter, at room temperature
    *
    kosher salt, to taste
    *
    canola or vegetable oil, for frying
    Scrambled or Fried Eggs, serving suggestion
    Directions
    Step 1
    Begin by making the sauce. In a small sauce pot add in all ingredients except the cayenne pepper. Stir to combine, cover the pot and put it over medium heat. Simmer while cooking the plantains.
    Step 2
    Heat 1/2-inch of oil over medium heat in a medium pot until the oil is hot but not smoking. Carefully add the plantains and cook until crisp, golden brown, and cooked thoroughly, 10 to12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Step 3
    Transfer the cooked plantains from the oil to a large bowl double-lined with paper towels to drain.
    Step 4
    By this time the sauce will be ready. All vegetables should be tender and the tomatoes would have released their juices. Reduce the heat to low and stir in cayenne pepper. Cover with the lid and keep warm while rolling the dumplings.
    Step 5
    Remove the paper towels from the plantains and start mashing the plantains using a wooden masher or potato masher until mostly smooth. Add the cheese, scallions, butter and salt. Using gloves mix everything together thoroughly.
    Step 6
    Roll the mixture into balls. Serve immediately with the tomato scallion sauce and your choice eggs.
    Tip:
    For a healthier version to this dish, plantains can be cooked in lightly salted water until tender and mashed with a bit of it's own cooking water.
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    25 mins
    Prep Time: 
    10 mins
    Cook Time: 
    15 mins
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