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Monday, July 4, 2011

Aborrajados

Aborrajados are from the Valle del Cauca region. they are fried plantains battered and filled with cheese and are served as a side dish or mid-afternoon snack.



Ingredients for 6 servings

3 very ripe plantains
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese
1 egg
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 tablespoons milk
a pinch of salt
a pinch of baking powder

2 cups vegetable oil for frying



Prepare the batter, whisking the egg, flour, salt, baking powder and milk, until having a smooth texture. Add more milk if it is too dry.
 
Cut the tips and peel off the plantains. Cut each plantain into four chunks. Heat the oil in a heavy pot to 350 F and fry them for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.


 Remove from oil and let cool until you can handle them. Cut the cheese into eight 1/2 inch thick 1 inch wide sticks.

Cover your work surface with plastic wrap. Place the fried plantains over the plastic and cover with another layer of plastic. Using a pot lid or plate, press firmly until having them thin, about 1/4 inch thin. Place on a plate and repeat with each piece. To make the aborrajados, place one stick of cheese in the center of one slice of plantain. Place another slice of plantain on top and seal the borders.


 Using a slotted spoon, place the aborrajados in the batter and turn to cover evenly.

 Return to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden and crisp.

 Drain over kitchen paper to remove oil excess, serve and eat while still hot.