These tasty Jasmine Rice and Plantain Rellenitos are filled with a sweetened blend of black beans and coated with cinnamon sugar for a warm and tasty snack or dessert.
In a large skillet, place water, 3 tablespoons sugar and ground cinnamon and mix until sugar is dissolved. Stir in Jasmine rice. Cover and cook over low heat, for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked.
Make vertical slits along length of plantains, without peeling them. Place plantains, 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon sticks in a 4-quart saucepan and add enough water to cover
Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, or until plantains are soft and peel opens. Drain, cool and peel plantains.
In food processor, mash plantains. Place mashed plantains and 2 cups cooked rice in a large bowl and mix. If the mixture is too sticky, add all-purpose flour. If the dough is dry, add water.
In skillet, place refried beans. Add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and mix. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and beans thicken. Stir in remaining cooked Jasmine rice and set aside.
Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and form a ball. Place ball on a lightly floured surface, flatten and place 2 teaspoons beans in the center. Then, fold the dough to form an oval-shaped dumpling. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Heat 1/2 –inch of oil in a medium skillet, over medium heat. Carefully place 4 rellenitos at a time in the hot oil and cook for 2-5 minutes, or until golden brown on all sides. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
Place on a platter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm.
These Central American treats get their name from the spanish word relleno, meaning filled. They are made using a homemade dough patty of softened and mashed plantains blended with sweet aromatic Carolina® Jasmine Rice and filled with a sweetened refried black bean paste. After filling, they are fried and coated with cinnamon and sugar for an irresistable dessert!
Tips: The more mature your plantain, the more flavor it will have. Also, make sure to boil them with the skin on, for added flavor and making it easier to peel and mash the inside later on.
Although the ingredient list may appear savory, when blended with sugar, plantains, beans and rice make for a delicious sweet treat that can be enjoyed for dessert for a holiday event or family get-together.
As there are many steps involved, this recipe is a great opportunity to get the entire family involved in the cooking process for a kid-friendly dish that everyone can have fun preparing and enjoying! You might also want to try out Sweet Empanadas filled with rice pudding.