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    Borinquen Jibarito Sandwich

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    Julesong's Note:

    The Puerto Rican style jibarito (pronounced hee-bah-ree-to) sandwich was created at the Borinquen Restaurant in Chicago by owner Juan "Peter" Figueroa. Here's my take on making his famous jibarito at home. The plantain "bread slices" for this sandwich are most easily made if you have a large deep fryer, but it can also be done in a deep skillet with oil. I originally saw this made on FoodTV's "Roker on the Road" (episode "On a Roll"). According to the Borinquen website, these sandwiches are known as "emparedado de platano" in Puerto Rico.

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    Serves: 2


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    • 1 large green plantain, peeled and sliced lengthwise and in half (4 pieces)
    • oil (for deep frying)
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 -2 pinch cayenne or 1 -2 pinch dried chipotle powder, to taste
    • 6 ounces shaved shoulder steak (or other tender cut such as flank, or thinly sliced chicken breast meat)
    • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 4 slices American cheese
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • romaine lettuce
    • thinly sliced tomatoes or roasted red pepper
    • 1 teaspoon melted butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon roasted minced garlic


    1. 1
      (Also, you will need 2 heavy cutting boards - rectangular ones work better with the shape of the plantain).
    2. 2
      Heat oil, then fry the peeled and sliced plantain for 1 minute.
    3. 3
      Remove plantain from oil, place on a heavy cutting board (if wooden, wrap board in plastic first, which will assist in the spreading of the softened plantain), top with another cutting board, and flatten the plantain between them.
    4. 4
      Fry the now-flattened plantain in the oil again, until outside is golden and crispy; remove from oil, set aside on paper towels to blot oil, and keep warm.
    5. 5
      Over medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil together, then sauté the onions until just becoming soft.
    6. 6
      Add the garlic, cumin, and cayenne (to taste), stir well, then add the meat slices and sauté until browned; season to taste with salt and pepper.
    7. 7
      Spread mayonnaise on bottom slice of flattened fried plantain, lay down 2 slices of American cheese, then the meat and onions. Top with lettuce and thinly sliced tomato (or roasted red pepper), then the remaining plantain top.
    8. 8
      Combine 1 teaspoon melted butter with 1/4 teaspoon roasted minced garlic, then brush the top plantain slice with the butter garlic mixture.
    9. 9
      Repeat steps to make another sandwich.
    10. 10
      Serve completed sandwiches with Arroz Con Gandules (Yellow Rice With Pigeon Peas).
    11. 11
      Jibaritos can also made with other combinations of roast pork, white or dark chicken meat, vegetables or ham - don't be afraid to experiment.
    12. 12
      I've made the sandwich using chicken and substituting roasted red pepper for the tomato, and the taste was phenominal!

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    • on January 24, 2008


      To the people planning to make this, please quadruple this recipe. I was raised eating tostones for as long as I can remember, and it's usually a side to rice and meat; so I thought, I don't know what the big deal is. But I guess the simple matter of adding the fixings and condiments just takes it to a different level. Loved it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Borinquen Jibarito Sandwich

    Serving Size: 1 (379 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 747.4
    Calories from Fat 379
    Total Fat 42.2 g
    Saturated Fat 19.0 g
    Cholesterol 107.7 mg
    Sodium 580.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    Sugars 20.6 g
    Protein 30.1 g

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