Pastelón (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantain and Picadillo Casserole)

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated September/October 2021, America's Test Kitchen TV

With its layers of fried sweet plantains cushioning briny, sofrito-laced ground beef, this Puerto Rican casserole is the epitome of comfort food.

SERVES 6 to 8

TIME 1½ hours

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

This plush, meaty Puerto Rican casserole is a savory-sweet mash-up of two island staples—plátanos maduros fritos (fried ripe plantains) and the briny, sofrito-laced filling called picadillo. For appropriately sweet, velvety-soft plantains, ...

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