Archive for January 24th, 2011|Daily archive page

Wishing I were at St. Somewhere

It’s been so cold here lately that I’ve found myself thinking about the islands a lot.  Well, it’s not yet time for another vacation, but I need a change in my state of mind.  So, tonight for dinner while physically we were still here in Georgia our taste buds where at a different latitude…

Puerto Rican Shrimp Stuffed Plantains

      onion, peeled and chopped
    1/2    red bell pepper, chopped
    1/2  C chopped cilantro
      cloves garlic, smashed
      very ripe sweet plantains
    Tblsp extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2  tsp crushed red pepper
    oz can tomato sauce
    lb shrimp – peeled, deveined and chopped
1. Using a food processor, puree the onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and garlic.

 2. At one end of each plantain on the concave side make a V-shaped incision; wrap with a damp paper towel. Microwave at high heat for about 10 minutes. Check for doneness; the flesh should look cooked, not starchy. Otherwise, cook in 30-second increments until done.

3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and crushed red pepper over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion mixture and tomato sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the shrimp, season with salt and black pepper and cook until opaque, about 5 minutes.

 4. Peel off the flap from each plantain. Halve lengthwise, being careful not to cut through to the other side. Push aside the 2 halves, forming a trench. Spoon in the shrimp mixture.

And I washed it down with a Ting soda.    Ahh, refreshing!

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