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Fried Dessert Plantains a la Colombiana

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This is the the story of two little brothers, who grew up together but had to walk separated paths. Now, they're travelling the world, looking for adventures, wonders and treasures. Both brothers are gifted: one inherited his mother's great culinary skills and learned how to cook tasty dishes. There is no impossible recipe for him and he always has the perfect touch to make everything delicious!

On the other hand, the second brother learned how to... build junkbots and stuff using plastic trash.

But not today, because Instructables' Fried Day caught me on town, so I will share with you how to make delicious plantains filled with mozzarella cheese and some typical Colombian sweets: Arequipe (or "Dulce de Leche") and Bocadillo (guava paste), a dessert so easy to prepare even the not-cook-in-a-million-years sibling of the Caicedo-Langer family can prepare. This is my first kitchen instructable, so I hope you enjoy it.

CAUTION: Due to their thick consistency, hot arequipe and bocadillo are known to be extremely tongue burners ("Napalm in your mouth" level). So, before eating, wait a few minutes until these sweets get warm.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

If you are in South America you won't have problem finding the ingredients. But if you are in North America, probably you will need to visit the latino neighborhood of your city. In San Francisco there is Mission District, in Mission St. and 22nd.
  • Mature plantains: you can determinate it by the peel color: yellow with big black spots.
  • Mozzarella cheese: In Colombia, we use "Doblecrema" cheese. But Mozzarella is your best choice.
  • Arequipe: It has different name in South America, depending of the country you are: Arequipe, Cajeta, Manjar, Manjar Blanco, Dulce de Leche. If you can't find it, here is an instructable of how to do it.
  • Bocadillo: A traditional guava paste from Colombia. Most of the times, you can find it enveloped on plantain leaves. If you can't find the Bocadillo, you will have to use only Arequipe.
  • Oil: Canola or peanut.
Tezcumpapa9 months ago
OMG...I hold you personally responsible for the 10 pounds I will gain!!!LOL. No, just kidding...but I think I have bought out the entire supply of plantains from the grocers. I made one...silly me...just one and my family hung around in the kitchen until several dozen more were served. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!
M.C. Langer (author)  Tezcumpapa9 months ago
I love to hear that!! That's awesome! Thank you so much for doing my recipe! :-)
sunshiine1 year ago
I was very surprised to see this instructable from you! I really enjoyed reading the intro! I hope you shared the link with your brother! Never mind about the pizza, I'll take these any day! These look amazingly delicious! I will keep my eye open for them so I can try this recipe. I think you have inspired me! Thanks for sharing!
sunshiine
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks to you, Sunshiine! Seriously, I waited almost one month for your opinion!!! :-)
Really? It makes me feel special! Thanks. I loved it! I enjoyed reading about the author! But I am going to make these even if I might not be able to buy plantains. I have missed you!
sunshiine
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
I have missed you too! :-)
: )
lmnopeas1 year ago
I grew up with plátanos maduros but they were nothing like these! These look amazing! Can't wait to try!
M.C. Langer (author)  lmnopeas1 year ago
Awesome! Thanks a lot!! :-)
arnoldroff1 year ago
Another great way to eat fried plantains or fried banana's is to take a bunch of cinnamon red-hot candy's, put them in a small pot with a bit of water to make a
syrup-the more candy (the hotter the taste of the syrup).
Lightly brown the banana's in butter, then on your plate pour the syrup over the fried
bananas...yummy! a great desert.
M.C. Langer (author)  arnoldroff1 year ago
Looks delicious! You should make an Instructables about that!
skarli1 year ago
Mmmmm delicious Mario
M.C. Langer (author)  skarli1 year ago
Gracias Skarli!
bammabits1 year ago
Great job on the recipe and the photos - I enjoyed just reading your words :) Now, to try and find the ingredients waaaaay up here in Manitoba. We have to make all our own HIspanic foods as there are no restaurants that serve this yummy food. Thanks again!
M.C. Langer (author)  bammabits1 year ago
Thanks to you, Bammabits! :-)
claudg19501 year ago
Without really knowing how your dish is supposed to taste (it sounds GREAT...) I'd dare suggesting that "If you can't find the Bocadillo", perhaps you could look for "dulce de membrillo" (quince paste), and/or "dulce de batata" (sweet potato paste) and/or "dulce de mamón/papaya" (pawpaw paste). If you don't mind something TERRIBLY sweet you may even go for "zapallo en almibar" (pumpkin or squash -not sure- prepared in small cubes and marinated in syrup). At any rate, that would be more fun than just settling for Bocadillo.only... All the best.
M.C. Langer (author)  claudg19501 year ago
Hi Claudg1950

The bocadillo has very charateristics consistency and flavor and this ingredient, along the cheese, is the traditional Colombian filling for the plantain. Bocadillo is sweet, Arequipe is sweet and I think there is no problem using only one of these, because each one tastes delicious. If you want to make this recipe with dulce de membrillo, dulce de batata or dulce de papayuela, awesome! But the idea is to show two of the most traditional sweet ingredients in the Colombian gastronomy.

Thanks for your comment! :-)
In all seriousness, I honestly think you might have the best Instructables on this entire site. So many great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
M.C. Langer (author)  49percentGood1 year ago
Justin, thanks to you for your amazing words!!!! :-)
cscobar1 year ago
viva colombia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  cscobar1 year ago
Que viva!!
HollyMann1 year ago
Yum!!!! Looks delicious!
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks Holly!!! :-)
Hmmmm! Masaco de platano!
M.C. Langer (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
Masaco?
ChrysN1 year ago
Wow, that looks delicious.
M.C. Langer (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Thanks ChrysN! Indeed, that is delicious!!! :-)
Oooooh! I missed all the good stuff! Thanks for letting me try the bocadillo!
M.C. Langer (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Next time I go to Mission District, I will bring you some bocadillos! :-)