There is a change in our monthly challenge…we were known as 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group…we are now called the Creative Cooking Crew and I am looking forward to collaborating with our old group and welcoming new talent.
The theme for January 2013 is to create a healthy vegan dish instead of using a protein.
Keeping with my Latin roots, I have decided to turn those cute little fried empanadas (meat patties) into a healthier version and no deep-frying, but baking.
3 sweet ripe plantains
about 4 oz mixed mushrooms
1/4 of each, green, yellow, orange and pimento peppers cut in small cubes
12 spicy olives, sliced
2 culantro leaves (or cilantro)
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt-pepper to taste
reduced fig balsamic vinegar for glazing
Tortilla press + wax paper + Pam
Cut plantains in 3 pieces each and boil with its skin until fork tended. Remove and let cool.
Meantime, heat oil and add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add rest of ingredients and cook for about 10-15 minutes and set aside.
Remove the skin from plantains and mash with a fork. Make about 6 balls and flatten with a tortilla press using a piece of wax paper or by flattening the balls with your hands. Place filling in middle and seal.
Bake at 400 degrees until heated throughout.
As I was baking these babies my superintendent and his aide knocked on my door to see what I was cooking and of course they had to try the new recipe…I will not repeat what they said but…yes they came out delicious…