Born from my obsession with plantains, Plantain and Cheese Breakfast Tart is a dish that combines many of our traditional ingredients in a tasty, easy-to-make summer dish.
A Plantain and Cheese Breakfast Tart is certainly not what you'd call a Dominican dish, but it is built entirely from traditional Dominican ingredients. And it has plantains, so I am pretty confident that when served to most of my compatriots, it will be well-received.
The versatile plantain
Yeah, we may be only a tad obsessed with plantains and finding new ways to prepare and serve them. As proof, I present to you exhibit one, two, three, four, and... I got tired here and quit. You can see more of our plantain recipes. Good luck in your new plantain adventures.
About this recipe
The ingredients for this recipe are fairly easy to find, even here in the cold north, so our readers living far from the D.R. will be able to try it.
And try you should, because this is pretty darn awesome.
Do you know what else is awesome about this? No oven. Yeah, this is cooked on the stovetop, which means a shorter cooking time, and less heat in the kitchen (perfect for summer). I served it with a salad for lunch and it was a success. The light sweet touch of that one ripe plantain really makes this special.
Plantain and Cheese Breakfast Tart Recipe
- ¾ stick [3 oz / 85 gr] of butter at room temperature
- 3 plantains (one ripe, 2 unripe), peeled and cut into quarters
- 2 ½ teaspoons of salt , divided
- 3 tablespoons of of all-purpose flour
- 4 medium eggs
- ¾ lb [340 gr] of queso cremita (dry ricotta, or cottage)
- 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley , divided
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly-ground pepper
- ½ cubanelle or red bell pepper , seeded and chopped
- 1 large white onion , cut into quarters
- ½ lb [227 gr] of white cheddar , grated
- Before starting: Butter a skillet 9" [23 cm] with ⅓ of the butter (¼ stick / 1 oz).
- Boiling the plantains: Boil the plantains in enough water to cover them, adding a teaspoon of salt to the water. Once cooked-through (about 15 minutes), remove from the water, discard water and allow the plantains to cool to room temperature.
- Preparing the crust: Place the plantains, flour, and the remaining butter in the food processor. Puree to a smooth mixture. Place the plantain mixture in the center and carefully press into the skillet until it forms a uniform crust.
- Preparing the filling: Pulse eggs, queso cremita, 2 tablespoons of parsley, remaining salt, freshly-ground pepper, cubanelle, and onion in the food processor until the onion and cubanelle are finely chopped.
- Assembling: Pour the queso cremita mixture into the skillet. Top with cheddar. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes, the cheddar should be completely melted, cover and cook for another 5 minutes if it isn't. Remove from the heat and cool for five minutes before serving.
- Serving: Sprinkle with the remaining parsley. Serve warm with salad of your choice for a light lunch or dinner. It also goes great for breakfasts and it's perfect for potlucks.