Plantain Rowboats

I was sitting having breakfast with my Aunt and Uncle, and they were flipping through an early early draft of Stuffed, when they mentioned a tasty stuffed treat they had while on vacation in Puerto Rico. The Plantain Canoes, or "Canoas", are usually filled with a ground meat mixture and topped with cheese. I was happy to have a new dish to try and make, but also wished that such a fun unique dish could have made it into the book! I decided to make these vegetarian today, and turn the canoes into rowboats because the asparagus reminded me of oars.
Get yellow plantains for this one. Peel, lightly coat in oil and salt, and roast for 20 minutes. Slice out a litte, then use a small and sharp mellonballer to hollow it out. Get everything into the food processor, including the plantain insides. Stuff the filling in there, top with the asparagus, then add some more filling on top. They keep trying to row away row away... This was a fun tasty snack that was unique to look at and also to eat! One day I might get out of this stuffed phase, but it seems to be stuck here for now.

Plantain Rowboats

For:  4 Boats

  • 4 Brownish-yellow Plantains
  • 1 Can Black beans Strained and Rinsed
  • 1/2 Medium Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Cotija
  • 3 Habaneros
  • Red Vinegar
  • Asparagus


  1. Peel 4 plantains, toss in some olive oil and salt, and roast at 450 for about 20 minutes, flipping once during roasting. Allow to cool and then hollow them out, starting with a paring knife, then using a sharp melon baller. Put the contents into the food processor with a strained and rinsed can of black beans, 1/2 a medium onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 cup cotija, 3 habaneros (seeds removed), salt, pepper, and olive oil. Pulse to combine, and add a little more oil and a splash of red vinegar just to help bring it all together. Stuff the mixture into the plantains, just level with the sides of the fruit. Lay the asparagus across the plantain, then top with more of the filling, pressing it down very lightly to seal the asparagus in there. Bake at 350 for 15/20 minutes.