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In Costa Rica, mature plantains, or plátanos, are often served as a side dish and are usually very sweet. The following recipe, however, is a savory alternative. This is
attractive when topped with a warmed tomato sauce made with plum tomatoes, a very typical Costa Rican seasoning.
- Preheat oven to 325F. Spray with nonstick cooking spray 3-qt. heatproof, glass baking dish, a 9×13-inch rectangular baking pan or 7 heatproof, 1-cup (10-oz.) custard cups or ceramic ramekins.
- To make Savory Plantain Flan: Place unpeeled plantains in large stockpot filled with water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until soft, testing for doneness with tines of fork, for about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and cool slightly.
- Combine yolks, eggs and milk in separate bowl, and beat well. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice plantains, and place pieces in mixing bowl. Using balloon whisk, beat plantains until mashed, and add egg-milk mixture, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Beat at high, slowly adding cream. When mixture is well creamed, mix in grated cheese and cilantro. Pour mixture into baking dish, or scoop into custard cups or ramekins. Line large baking pan with dish towel, place filled baking dish, baking pan or custard cups onto towel and place in oven. Fill bottom pan with enough hot water to reach halfway up sides of baking dish.
- Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on size of baking dish, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Center may still be soft, but will firm when out of oven. Remove from oven, top with tomato sauce, if using, and serve hot.
- To make Rich Tomato Sauce: Heat oil in large stockpot over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until onions are transparent, stirring often to prevent burning.
- Add remaining ingredients, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and cook for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings, and remove from heat.
There are many recipes from around the world that unite creamy/eggy/cheesey dishes with tangy tomato sauce, such as enchiladas, manicotti, grits, and, of course, the classic grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. Choose a wine that stands up to the tomatoes but that won’t overpower the tender flan. A good choice would be an Italian wine such as Taurino Salice Salentino.
- Serving Size Serves 8 to 10
- Calories 360
- Carbohydrate Content 49 g
- Cholesterol Content 210 mg
- Fat Content 16 g
- Fiber Content 3 g
- Protein Content 9 g
- Saturated Fat Content 8 g
- Sodium Content 560 mg
- Sugar Content 12 g
- Trans Fat Content 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g