Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato (Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

by Erica Dinho on February 18, 2013

Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)
Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

Cayeye, also called Mote de Guineo, is a traditional Colombian dish from the Caribbean Coast of the country. Cayeye is made by cooking small green bananas (guineos) in water, then mashing and mixing them with refrito, made with onions, garlic, red bell pepper, tomato and achiote.

Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

Cabeza de Gato is the same dish as Cayeye, but instead of using small green bananas (guineos), regular green plantains are used instead. In case you were wondering, Cabeza de Gato literally translates as “Cat’s Head”, but don’t worry, there’s no cat in the dish and I have no idea why the dish has such a name! :-)

Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato (Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato are usually served for breakfast with fresh grated Colombian cheese (Queso Costeño) and fried fish, shrimp, crab, or beef. I personally like to serve my Cayeye with fresh cheese, avocado and fried egg on top.

Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

There are different variations of this dish in Latin America. In Cuba Cayeye is called Fufu de Plátano, in Puerto Rico it’s called Mofongo and in the Dominican Republic, Mangú, to name a few.

Buen provecho!

Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

PrintSave Recipe

Ingredients

(4 to 6 servings)

  • 4 green plantains, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground achiote
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado, to serve
  • Grated cheese, to serve
  • Fried or scrambled eggs, to serve

Cayeye o Cabeza de Gato

Directions

    Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

  1. Cook the green bananas or green plantains until tender. Strain and mash.
  2. Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)
    Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

  3. In a medium skillet over medium heat place the butter, onion, tomatoes, red bell pepper, garlic and achiote. Cook the mixture for about 7 minutes, and then add to the mashed plantains and set aside.
  4. Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)
    Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

  5. To serve, place some cayeye on a plate and top with fried egg, shredded cheese and diced avocado.
  6. Cayeye and Cabeza de Gato(Colombian Mashed Green Plantain)

If you like this page, you can say thanks by sharing it :-)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

This looks so amazing, a breakfast of champions. Love the added tomatoes for the flavor.

Reply

2 Joan Nova February 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Looks delicious and the egg on top is perfect!

Reply

3 Belinda @zomppa February 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Now that is a great breakfast!!

Reply

4 Eva February 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

I was just in Santa Marta and was wondering how this was made! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Reply

5 grace February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

what a great meal! i’m always attracted to dishes topped with fried eggs, but this would be great even without that component!

Reply

6 Juliana February 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I never had anything like this Erica…so interesting! I like the egg on top of this mash.
Hope you are having a great week!

Reply

7 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! February 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I am doing egg dishes today for a post and I wish I had some green plantains in the house….will keep this in mind….

Reply

8 Maxie January 25, 2014 at 1:52 AM

I am trying out a slightly different version of this (due to lack of ingredients but it sounds amazing and I simply am excited and anxious for it to be done all ready. Thanks so kuch for the recipie

Reply

Leave a Comment


8 − 4 =

 

Previous post:

Next post: