Maduros en Gloria (Sweet Plantain Casserole)

[Photographs: Maria Del Mar Sacasa]

Notes:

  • Look for sweet plantains that are almost completely black on the exterior. If purchased while still yellow, store in a brown paper bag until they turn.
  • Latin American crema is available in many supermarkets and specialty supermarkets. If you can't find, combine 1 3/4 cups sour cream with 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon lime juice.
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Maduros en Gloria (Sweet Plantain Casserole)

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 6
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:chef’s knife or serrated knife, large skillet, spatula, 8- by 8-inch baking dish, cooling rack
This recipe appears in: Latin American Cuisine: Maduros en Gloria (Sweet Plantain Casserole)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups Latin American crema (see note above)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 5 large ripe sweet plantains (see note above)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. 2

    In medium bowl, combine cheese, sugar, and cinnamon; reserve. In second medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons crema and cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Stir in remaining crema; reserve.

  3. 3

    With chef’s knife or serrated knife, trim and discard extreme ends of sweet plantains. Score each one lengthwise.

  4. 4

    Remove and discard peel. Slice sweet plantains on the bias into 1/2-inch thick slices.

  5. 5

    Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Arrange about 1/3 of sweet plantain slices in single layer and cook until softened and deep brown, turning carefully with spatula, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to large plate and season with salt. Repeat with remaining sweet plantains.

  6. 6

    Spread 1/2 cup crema in bottom of 8- by 8-inch baking dish. Arrange 1/3 of sweet plantains in single layer on top, then sprinkle 1/4 of cheese on top. Repeat procedure with remaining crema, cheese, and sweet plantains, finishing with cheese.

  7. 7

    Bake until bubbling and browned on top, about 20 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to rest about 10 minutes before serving.

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