Baked Plantains Stuffed with Cheese is a delicious dish popular in Latin America. In Colombia we also like add guava paste and it's the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Plantains are eaten all over Colombia and South America. This delicious vegetable is versatile and can be cook in different ways. You can bake, broil, grill and fry plantains. Green plantains are unripe (starchy and hard) and yellow plantains are ripe (soft and sweet). In Colombia we make savory and sweet dishes with plantains.
For this baked plantains recipe you should use very ripe plantains, because they are sweeter. Plátanos Asados con Bocadillo y Queso make a delicious side dish or appetizer. Omit the guava paste for a classic plátano asado con queso or baked plantain with cheese.
Baked Plantains with Guava and Cheese Recipe
- 4 very ripe plantains
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 4 slices of guava paste ½ inch thick
- 4 slices of mozzarella cheese ½ inch thick
- Preheat the oven to 400°, cut the ends of the plantains and peel.
- Place them in a baking dish and brushed with the butter, bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and slice the plantains lengthwise but not go all the way trough, stuff them with the guava paste and cheese slices.
- Return to the oven and bake 10 more minutes until the cheese melts and serve.
If i have to pick one recipe to make with ripe plantains this will be the number one on my list. I love the combination of sweet guava paste with cheese and the texture of the baked plantains is wonderful.
If you want to try more plantain recipes. Here are some of my favorites
Plantain Cake (Torta de Maduro)
Ripe Plantains with Syrup (Plátanos Calados)
5 Star Foodie
I love plantains and this is a great recipe! I love the cheese inside - yum!
Gera @ SweetsFoods
Love the combination of flavors, this is a tasty delicious recipe to follow 🙂
Peko Peko (KyotoFoodie)
Wow! I just happened upon your blog. I am glad to see that there is a place to learn about the culinary culture of Colombia!
I love plantains but have only had them a few times. Baked with guava and cheese is not the image I have of plantains so I would really love to try this dish!
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Hi Erica, I noticed tin foil in your picture of baked plantain. Should we be baking buttered platanos wrapped in foil?
You don't have to use foil, sometimes I use foil or parchment paper in the baking sheet, because helps the plantains don't stick.
Guava Fruit Facts
Great recipe. Guava is humble looking fruit. I find guava very tasty. It is good for health. It is rich in vitamin C. It is great for eyes and heart, skin, hair. It also helps for combating colon and prostate cancer and has many other benefits.
Wow!! I've had both of these before.. but never together! I can imagine how awesome this tastes. Bien hecho!
I never thought of adding Guava paste before! Great idea, I now have to make these!
Ahhh, one of my childhood favorites. Really easy to make too.
Guava paste is a great idea. Where I live it is difficult to find bocadillos. I will make this today. Thanks.
OMG these look sooooooo good!! I made the typical platanitos for my wife (born in England) she's never seen a plantain before LOL I was cracking up for an hour for that one, her brother actually saw one in the grocery store and thought it was a banana, so he bought one, and ate it!! LOL Sigh.... Man that's good comedy there, he was sick for a day or two I think since you're not supposed to eat them raw, when I told him what it was I think he finally realized it was NOT a banana. LOL But yea usually I just take the plantain core, and slice it diaganolly, then squash em flat and fry them till crispy, once they come out I slap a little bit of salt and some Adobo, my aunt Lucy used to make em like that and drizzle a bit of lime juice over them. I could eat a plateful and I did when I was younger! LOL But I like to make dishes that my wife has never heard of in regards to my colombian heritage, that are very traditional and remind me of my childhood. So far she's loved everything she's tried, of course my aunt Ceci is an AMAZING cook.
What I would like to see, if it's possible since there are so many variations. A traditional Colombian Sancocho, I used to live in S Florida, so latin food was easy to find, but I've moved to Gainesville, FL and it tends to be a bit more "country" up here, and the people around here really have no idea about real hispanic culture, they only know what they see from the mexicans that live around here, and hey nothing against mexicans, some of my good friends are mexican, but mexican food is NOTHING like colombian food!! Trying to find a good cuban sandwich around here is hard enough, trying to find a good sancocho or anything like that is pretty much impossible.
For some reason I'm reminded of one of my exes. She was from Bogota originally and she would always tell me about Vitamin Ch. LOL Everything that's bad for you but tastes great is Ch something. Chimichanga, Churros, Chicharrones, etc.
A good sancocho recipe and a good seafood paella, been trying to find traditional colombian versions of those recipes for years now.
Also is it possible to get recipes not so much for food, but like ointments and stuff?
My ex used to make this facial cream using sugar, coconuts and some other stuff, never was sure how she made it, she also used to make random salads, but she took that in college, Juevos Bedicos things like that. But I know here in the US we have a tendency to just follow a doctor and take these pills which are no good for us, with the idea that they are making us healthy. I was just thinking maybe you could add another page for home rememdies and stuff.
I love the blog, I was born and raised in Pereira Colombia and yet have no idea how to cook any Colombian food. My mom is not a kitchen person, and I moved here when I was 8... This is a great blog, and I cannot wait to try some of these on my family... y me trae unas nostalgias toda esta comida sabrosa de mi patria preciosa... Thank you...
Make sure your plantains are really ripe for this recipe, and I mean borderline black. I have tried making it twice now and my even though I thought my plantains were ripe enough, they were still dry and tasteless. My mom said they were "pasmados", whatever that means in Colombia.
Could you use Queso Fresco Colombiano instead of Mozzarella?
Yes- Queso blanco or other melting cheese.
Hey I love your website!
Quick question though, if you have left overs and want to reheat them the next day how would you store them (refrigerate, freeze, or neither), and how would you reheat them?
what's the brown strips in the plantains?
Guava paste o bocadillo.
I only spent 2 weeks in Colombia last year but somehow I feel nostalgic about that country. I had the best time there ever. And the best food. I'm a big fan of platanos now and always buy too much when i can find them here in Hungary but then i never know what to do with the ripe ones. I will definitely try this recipe. Do you think quince cheese would also be good instead of the bocadillo?
It‘s 400 Celsius ir 400 Fahrenheit?? Thx