Caribbean Stuffed Plantains

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound  ground round
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 11/2  cups  cubed NC sweetpotatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (1 pound) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 plantains

Preparation:

In large skillet, brown beef in 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Stir to break into bits. Add sweetpotatoes, onion, pepper, celery and garlic.  Sauté until vegetables are tender.  Add tomatoes, oregano, red pepper, salt and parsley.  Simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors.
In skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil.  Slice plantains lengthwise into 4 strips each; sauté in hot oil until golden.  Remove from heat and shape into ring.  Fasten ends with toothpick.  Stand on edge on serving plate.  Fill center with SweetPotato filling. 
If desired, garnish with fresh sprigs of oregano, pineapple wedge and star fruit.