Jackfruit Plantain Vegan Sandwich

I grew up eating fried plantains AKA tostones, and I discovered this sandwich later on in life when I discovered this sandwich I was only able to have a handful before I went vegetarian and later vegan. Recently I was inspired to make a vegan version when I got a familiar craving. So here I bring to you the Puerto Rican jibarito sandwich.

Jackfruit Sofrito Marinade

2 garlic cloves 1/4 bell pepper (green or red) 1/4 medium onion 1/4 tsp oregano 1/2 packet of sazon 1 tsp adobo 1/4 cup water Dash of black pepper

Garlic Mayo Ketchup Sauce 1/4 cup vegan mayo 2 tbsp ketchup 1 tsp garlic powder

Other 1 can of young jackfruit in brine or water 3 thick green plantains (not to be confused with green bananas) oil for frying

Instructions Add all of your marinade ingredients into a blender and liquefy. Bits and pieces in you marinade is fine.

Open and drain the jackfruit. Do NOT rinse. Place canned jackfruit in a large bowl for marinating. Pour the marinate over the jackfruit and mix well until everything is well incorporated. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes at least.

After your jackfruit has marinated you are going to add your marinaded jack fruit into a lightly oiled pan on medium high heat. Make sure to get all of the marinade in there. Then your going to cover and cook for 20 minutes. Once that's cooked you going to take a masher and mash everything until it resembles pulled pork.

Next to peel your plantains. Cut the corners of and cut a very shallow slit only peel dip down the curved side and jimmy the knife to lift the skin. Then using your hands peel the rest of the way. (For a better visual explanation refer to the video below)

Now your going to cut your plantains in half and then again in half long ways. Your going to need enough oil in a pan to cover most of the plantains. Add your plantain pieces into the pan at medium high heat for about 3 minutes or until they become yellow and a bit soft but not brown.

Then flatten your softened plantains using a plate and light pressure. I recommend using a clear plate so you can see what your doing. If the plantain is still not soft enough to flatten, it's either under cooked or over cooked if brown. Be careful not to push to hard and break it apart. Then you can add your flattened plantains back into the oil to cook until they become light golden brown.

Remove from oil and place onto a paper towel linen plate and sprinkle adobo and garlic powder over top to season.

Now you assemble with plantain, jackfruit, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cilantro and spread mayo ketchup on top plantain. All that's left to do is ENJOY!

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