Recipe: Vegetarian Pastelón

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It’s Harvest Time at Taino Organic Farm! Twice a week the eXtreme team gets their hands on a whole bunch of fresh, organic greens and veggies to cook up or eat raw at the hotel!

The latest harvest brought us a beautiful basket of tomatoes; avocados; cilantro; plátanos; peppers; and leafy, spicy greens. I love cooking for and sharing Dominican food with my fellow eXtremers so I decided to challenge myself by making a traditional Dominican dish using mostly the food we had harvested and little else. Dominican food is traditionally meat heavy so it was a bit of a challenge but I finally decided on one of my favorite dishes—pastelón de plátano maduro. A cross between a shepherd’s pie and lasagna, pastelón combines sweet, ripe plantains with savory ground meat and melted cheese. Mmmm! This is a vegetarian version I put together on the fly using some veggies we had on hand. It’s not quite how my Abuela makes it, but it’s still pretty good!

VEGETARIAN PASTELÓN

serves 6

10 ripe, yellow plantains
1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 medium sized carrot, julienned
1½ medium sized green peppers, julienned
1 small cubanelle pepper, diced
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 small white onion, minced
1½ chicken bouillon cubes, crushed
12 slices of cheddar cheese
¾ of a stick of butter
a healthy fistful of cilantro
a healthy pinch of dried oregano
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and cut plantains into chunks. Fill a large saucepan with water, a pinch of salt, and put over high heat. Add the plantain chunks to the water and bring to a boil.

In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt a small pat of butter and a small drizzle of olive oil. Sauté the oregano, cilantro, chicken bouillon cubes, onions, and garlic for one minute until the onions become semitransparent. Add carrots, broccoli, and peppers and sauté for ten to twelve minutes. Lower the flame and cover with a loosely fitting lid for five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

When the plantains have turned a golden yellow color and are easily pierced by a fork (approx. 25-30 mins), drain the saucepan and reserve a quarter cup of the cooking liquid. In a bowl combine the plantains, the cooking liquid, and the remaining butter and mash until the plantains are a soft, consistent texture.

In a baking pan, spoon half of the mashed plantains and spread it into a thick, uniform layer. Spoon the veggies onto the layer of plantains and spread. Cover in six slices of cheese. Spoon the second half of the plantains and spread evenly. Cover the pastelón with the last six pieces of cheese.

Set your oven to broil and put the pastelón in for five minutes or until the cheese on top has melted.

We suggest you serve your pastelón with a salad of avocado, tomato, diced red onion, and a drizzle of olive oil over some spicy, mustard greens just like we did!

Bon Apétit, or as we say in the Dominican Republic: ¡Buen Provecho!

 

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Notes:

-We used broccoli and carrots but you can use cherry tomatoes, corn, or any veggies that don’t release too much liquid or your pastelón will bubble up around the edges.
-We also used the stalks and leafy bits of the broccoli but you can discard these if you don’t like them.
-You can use any kind of cheese you like; we especially like cheddar and Swiss but a bag of grated cheese works, too!
-For a healthier version, nix the butter and chicken bouillon cubes and replace with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

The Londra breakfast at Mojito eXtreme

Mojito Bar at eXtreme Hotel

There has been a lot of hype about the new Mojito Bar at eXtreme Hotel

I don’t know about you, but my first thought in the morning is generally food. Its hard not to get excited about food when you live in the Dominican Republic. Fresh mangoes, passion fruit, BBQ’d chicken and delicious coffee…everything you want to write home about.

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Coffee and Fresh juice at mojito bar. Photo credit:
http://wetravelandblog.com/

eXtreme Hotel is proud to introduce our new restaurant Mojito Bar. Some of you may be familiar with Mojito Bar as they already have an amazing restaurant in “downtown” Cabarete, nestled between Ono’s and Bacardi Bar on Cabarete Beach. They have been long time local favorites,  known for their amazing and deadly minty mojitos, their delicious panini sandwiches and of course, their freshly made fruit juices.

The Londra breakfast at Mojito eXtreme

The Londra breakfast at Mojito eXtreme

What was supposed to be a soft opening in the beginning of November turned into the party of the season. A conjunction between Mojito eXtreme’s opening night, and the official party for the Masters Surf Reunion came together like a weather forecast for the perfect storm. When closing time came, the crowd reluctantly took the party to the Jazz Fest in Downtown Cabarete.

mojito bar extreme

mojito bar extreme

Mojito Bar is quickly becoming Kite Beach’s new favorite breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner location. Open at 9am for breakfast (closed on Tuesdays), I feel spoiled when my beautiful meal arrives with a complimentary Americano and freshly squeezed juice. The lovely ladies of Mojito Bar are attentive and go the extra mile to always make sure that your food and drink is to your satisfaction. This experience is enhanced by the kickass view you get of all the kiters playing in the ocean.

Since I get up early for work and try to get in as many fun activities in the day as possible, I’m a stickler for something healthy to keep me running on all cylinders. Right now I’m addicted to the Londra breakfast (two eggs,  turkey bacon, sausages, white beans cooked in tomato sauce and toast). The Saludable juice is a great addition (Celery, Papaya and Orange juice). If I want a delicious light lunch – I go for the chicken salad 280rd or the Lobster Salad 490rd.

 

 

Mojito Bar at eXtreme Hotel

Here’s another great article on Eating What’s Right For You from Zach Greig, owner of Rogue Fitness Cabarete

They’ve already had a opening party, but there is some whispers about another Mojito Bar party coming up soon. This weekend you can look forward to our Circus Party  put on by Sweet Retreats from San Francisco on Friday November 15th! Keep checking our facebook page for more parties to come! This will be a chance to try all their delicious Mojitos, Caipiroskas, lemon daiquiris and so much MMOOOOORE! Of course you can join us every day except Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 7:30pm for Mojito Happy Hour.

Check out this video of one of our previous circus performances: