Pastelón

    A scrumptious Puerto Rican one-dish meal.

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    3
    tablespoons
    vegetable oil
    1
    small onion, finely chopped
    2
    cloves
    garlic, minced
    1/3
    cup
    finely chopped green bell pepper
    2
    sprigs
    cilantro, finely chopped
    1/3
    teaspoon
    annatto powder (achiote) or paste
    1 1/2
    pounds
    ground beef (or part beef and pork)
    1 1/2
    teaspoons
    salt
    1/4
    teaspoon
    black pepper
    1
    teaspoon
    oregano
    1/2
    teaspoon
    cumin
    1
    tablespoon
    capers
    1/3
    cup
    sliced green olives
    2
    tablespoons
    raisins
    2
    tablespoons
    chopped pimientos
    1/2
    cup
    tomato sauce
    1/2
    cup
    oil for frying
    3
    pounds
    ripe plantains (black skins) - (peeled and sliced into 1/8-inch-thin rounds)
    2
    eggs, beaten
    1
    package
    frozen lengthwise-cut string beans - thawed and well drained
    Directions
    Step 1
    Heat the 3 tablespoons of oil in large skillet over medium heat and sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, and annatto for 1 minute while stirring.
    Step 2
    Add beef and sauté for several minutes on all sides until well browned. Stir in the salt, black pepper, oregano, and cumin; cook for another minute.
    Step 3
    Stir in capers, olives, raisins, pimientos, and tomato sauce; cook for another 2 minutes while stirring.
    Step 4
    Remove from heat and allow cooling. Heat 2 cups of oil in large skillet, fry plantain rounds in batches for 1-minute sides, until lightly browned. Drain onto paper towels.
    Step 5
    Layer the bottom and sides of a 9-inch loaf pan or square casserole dish with the plantain rounds, slightly overlapping the edges to cover as much surface as possible.
    Step 6
    Gently brush the plantain lining with the beaten eggs. Place half seasoned meat on top of the plantains, spreading it evenly.
    Step 7
    Add an even layer of half the string beans, and then add another layer of plantain rounds. Brush with the beaten eggs. Repeat the layering process. Finish with a layer of plantain rounds, then brush with the beaten eggs.
    Step 8
    Bake in preheated oven for 350°F: 25 to 30 minutes until surface has browned. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, run a knife blade along the inside edges of the casserole to loosen.
    Step 9
    Place a large serving plate on top, then carefully invert onto the plate.
    Step 10
    Cut into squares, as with lasagna, and serve hot. Makes 4 to 5 servings.
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