What is a Jibarito sandwich? It’s an amazing steak sandwich made with fried plantains (tostones). It’s said that this dish originated in a Puerto Rican restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. Thank you for that!
3 large green plantains
Canola oil for frying steaks and plantains
6 thin steaks
1 tablespoon adobo Goya
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
American cheese slices
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup ketchup
2-3 dashes hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1. Season the steaks with the Adobo Goya, cumin, oregano, white vinegar and olive oil. Let them marinate for at least 2 hours. Overnight is best.
2. Mix the ¼ cup of mayo, ¼ cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix well and place in refrigerator.
3. Peel the plantains and cut in half. Then cut them lengthwise. This way you will have slices from each plantain.
4. Place the cut plantains in a bowl with water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. They need to soak for at least 15 minutes to absorb the seasoning.
5. As the plantains are soaking, heat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of canola oil.
6. Fry the steaks about 2 minutes on each side. They are thin, so they cook quickly. Set aside.
7. Heat a large frying pan at medium high heat with enough oil to cover the plantains.
8. Drain and pat dry the plantains, then fry about 3-4 minutes on each side till they are golden. We don’t need to brown the plantains at this point because we will fry them again.
9. After frying, place each plantain on a cutting board and flatten with a plate.
10. After flattening, fry the plantains again, about 2-3 minutes on each side till golden brown and crunchy. Sprinkle with salt.
11. After frying all the plantains, try to match them up by size. Now we’re ready to assemble the sandwiches.
12. Place about a tablespoon of the dressing on each side of the plantain, and cut the 1 slice of steak to fit the sandwich.
13. Layer the tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro and cheese.
I like to use toothpicks to hold the sandwich together. It is messy! But delicious!
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