These cubano plantain sliders have all the flavors of a classic cubano sandwich, without the bread!
I’m a carb-lover at heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love protein and fat too, but carbs are the real love of my life. You already know I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes. Duh.
But . . . I haven’t introduced you to my other favorite: plantains.
Plantains, not bananas. (Bananas are great, too!) There’s just something about a crispy, salty-sweet fried plantain that gets me every time. And by “gets me every time,” I mean “I eat half the batch every time.”
Don’t stare at me with those judgmental eyes. You know you’ve done it too.
Enter: this recipe, A.K.A. an actual reason to eat half the batch of plantains as a LEGIT MEAL. I mean, how cool is that???!!
These would also be perfect to serve as appetizers or snacks at a party. You know, if you want to share. *sniggers*
Who are we kidding? Nobody wants to share these. My sister just walked by and saw me working on this post, and she said to me, “You should make those cubano plantain sliders again, so I can eat all of them.” Little does she know, I’m planning on making them again so I can eat all of them.
So, what is a cubano? you might ask. Well, I’m not the most qualified person to tell you. I’ve never had one.
Why did you make these sliders if you’ve never even eaten a real cubano? you might ask. Because they look really good, okay?? Also, because I love this movie, which is about a guy who quits his job and starts a food truck that sells Cuban food. And these really good cuban sandwiches (or cubanos) are on the menu. <— “cubanos” keeps autocorrecting to “cubans” and I’m trying to make my computer understand that we’re not making sliders out of Cubans! . . . We’re making Cubano Plantain Sliders!
Anyway, it’s a great movie. Y’all should watch it, but beware of very frequent profanity. <— And he’s definitely not saying words like “shiitake mushroom!”
Here at My Sweet Potato Life, we like trying flavor combinations that are a little wacky. And that’s what these are . . . a little wacky. I mean, pickles and plantains? You must think I’m crazy. I promise I’m not.
Real cubanos have crusty bread, a thick smear of mustard, lots of deli meat, pickles, and cheese. My cubanos keep the mustard, meat, and pickles, but I tossed the bread and cheese to make these 100% paleo. And, as you know, I replaced the bread with plantains, which is probably the best decision of my life.
The best decision of YOUR life will be
subscribing to my blog deciding to make these sliders. According to my sister, these are the best recipe I’ve made for my blog yet. That’s pretty high praise coming from her!
For this recipe, I recommend using the blackest, splotchiest (yes, that’s a technical term) plantain you can find. That makes for a sweeter base that contrasts perfectly with the tangy mustard and salty meat. And the tangy&salty pickles. I know, you still think the pickles are weird. You’ve gotta trust me on this one — they put these sliders over the top! Also, you can do the cute little ribbon-y thing with them like I did! That makes the cubano plantain sliders look *almost* as incredible as they taste. I said *almost* because nothing can top how good these taste.
Pin it! Make it! Eat it! Love it!