A Jibarito is a Puerto Rican sandwich that features flattened and fried green plantains as a substitute for bread. The name "Jibarito" is derived from the Puerto Rican term "jíbaro," which refers to the mountain people of Puerto Rico. The dish is a creative and flavorful example of Puerto Rican cuisine.
Jibarito Bites, Gangster Style
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This is an appetizer, not a classic sandwich. So instead of frying your own plantains, we use plantain chips, that's a huge time saver! These bites are so tasty and so easy to make. There isn't an easier way to make a Jibarito.
The uniqueness of the Jibarito lies in the use of plantains instead of
bread, providing a combination of savory and slightly sweet flavors. The
plantains add a distinctive texture and a hint of sweetness to the
sandwich, making it a delicious and satisfying meal. The Jibarito is Puerto Rican, but now only made in Chicago.
Lie out the beef on a plate and season it generously with the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.
Warm a large non-stick pan (without oil) over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the beef and cook for roughly 2 – 3 minutes, stirring nearly continuously, until the beef is basically totally cooked (don’t worry, it will continue to cook). Remove from heat and reserve.
In a small bowl, mix together the Gangster sauce with the chopped shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion, like you would a salad.
In the center of each plantain chip, add a small portion of the “gangster salad”. Add a small portion of beef over the top of each salad. Top the beef with the cheese.
You could also take this recipe and increase the amount of lettuce, tomato, and onion and make it into a salad. Top with the cooked beef and crushed plantain chips.