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My socks are wet.  Boo. It’s been raining like crazy. And I officially had to break out my sweatshirt last night when temperatures dropped to a frigid 71 degrees.  I’m such a cold weather wuss puss.
While it may be in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands has its fair share of ‘comfort food’ dishes that can warm you right up.  Check out this plantain casserole!

Plantain Casserole from Cookin & Laughin in the Cayman Islands, adapted by Parsley Sage
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1 cup, chopped cooked ham
4 very rip plantain
4 beaten eggs mixed with 1tsp salt and 1 tbsp milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 cup mozzarella

2 cups spinach

3 full strips of cooked bacon
2 chopped spring onions
2 tbsp chopped orange bell pepper
1 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
1/2 cup olive oil

  • Preheat over to 400 F
  • Cut plantain in medium diagonal slices and fry in hot oil, turning until lightly brown. Drain on paper towel
  • Spray an oblong glass casserole dish and arrange a layer of plantain, a layer of spinach, a layer of ham and some of the mozzarella cheese
  • Repeat layers until you get to top and finish with mozzarella
  • Cover with egg mixture and sprinkle with the grated parmesan
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Serves 8 on those cold mid-70 days 🙂
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46 Comments

  1. This is a different kind of casserole but it sounds delicious with those plantains!

  2. I can't believe I missed this one! Love plantain, ever since I lived in Barbados.

  3. First you said my sweater – like you only have one and not two wardrobes like us ppl back here in the NE have to have (one for summer one for winter – packed with loads and loads of sweaters) then you said 71… Right now, as its raining again and the wind is wiping the house about, Im sticking my tongue out at you and stealing a bite of your casserole. 😉

  4. We'd be doing the Happy Dance all day if it were 71 degrees! I'd also do the Happy Dance all day if I had some of this casserole. You loaded up on all the good stuff, super yummy!

  5. Um, yesssss! This is amazing!

  6. Plantains IN A CASSEROLE?? You are blowing my mind here. This sounds SO FREAKING GOOD!

  7. I absolutely love plantains but never would have thought to use them like this! What a creative idea.

  8. Those plantains look sooooooooooo good – you're not getting any sympathy from me!! I think we need to move to the caribbean!
    mary x

  9. LOL, cold mid-70's days???? I think I need to relocate to the Caymans! Great casserole…anything topped with cheese is OK in my book 🙂

  10. Yuk! I hate wet socks too. Not keen on the cold, wet, windy weather that we're getting but LOVE this unusual casserole. Searching out plantain right now!

  11. What a special casserole! I want to try it too.

  12. Oh my gosh! I must try those fried plantains! They look amazing!

  13. Cold weather wuss puss 🙂 I love it! I'm definitely the same way. I put on a sweatshirt at a football game Friday night when it was 75. I've never seen a casserole like this one before, but it looks comforting 🙂 Enjoy the rain! (We don't get any of that in Phoenix, so I'm a little jealous!)

  14. What a unique casserole! A little bit sweet and savory! But that's where I go to for my comfort! I have to smile at your cold front though! So cute! Bundle up and stay warm and dry!

  15. I sense the sweet and savory…gonna be delicious.

  16. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! This is the only comment that I can say!!

  17. This looks so delicious….
    What a interesting casserole….
    I love plantain, never thought of making a casserole with it.
    Yummmm…. Girl you did a great job!!!!

  18. This looks great for chillier days. I'll ahve to get some plantain and try it! Thanks!

  19. Now that is an unusual casserole recipe! Way to go! I love it! It's getting warm down here… 30C and it's only spring… aaawww!!!

  20. What a great dish! It’s genius to put plantain in a casserole. I bet it paired so well with the rest of the ingredients.
    Seems like you’re all ready for the winter!

  21. I know exactly how you feel, we were low seventies the last couple of days, and I don't like it at all. It's never that cold this early in October! At least is bright and sunny, but so dry (I like it humid).

    I'll have a dish of this yummy comfort casserole please. Interesting that you use ripe plantains in this.

  22. Looks fantastic! I LOVE fried plantains and the idea of mixing that with cheese and veggies has me seriously drooling :-D. Buzzed!

  23. Oh hey – this looks great. I love plantains but never thought to do a sort of casserole with them. Bookmarked!

  24. This sounds so tropical for sure… you know I really lovethe food there.. Have you lived there all your life? Amazing paradise…

  25. This is one good looking casserole! Love that you used plantains!

  26. Growing up in Ireland '70s was beach weather (no I am not joking)..
    Tis looks like one interesting casserole.

  27. Thought that plaintain in only popular over at my home but seems its so also at yours. We have been facing rain almost every day, really down pouring and the clothes are also still moist, waiting to be dried up.

    Nice outcome you have done with plaintain.

  28. Ohhh this looks yummy! I have been looking for plantain for another dish, but as soon as I found it I can make this dish as well. Looks very easy and yummy and I know kids will love it. What a great plantain dish!

  29. Holy Banana Deliciousness, Batman! That looks SO good! I love the sweet / salty combo of the banana and the bacon. Brilliant!

    I'm totally with you….cold weather is NOT for me! Today it was beautifully sunny and 69 degrees and I had on jeans, shoes and SOCKS and a jacket. UGH! I was miserable and I'm already over the cold weather! I want summer now!

    ….but I do like casseroles, and soups!

    Buzzed!

  30. This casserole has my husband's name all over it. I have to laugh at needing a sweater in that weather. I'm not a big fan of the rain. Hope you have a great weekend.
    -Gina-

  31. Why have I never thought of putting plantains in a savory casserole? Great idea!

  32. I laughed at the 71 degrees! Here, in summer, 71 is a balmy day!
    The casserole sounds scrumptious.

  33. Oh, I feel for you, looks like a really rough winter coming up. It might even go below 70:) BTW I was in Central Asia couple of winters ago and the temp hit around -31F/-35C. You should try, its great fun

  34. Cold front. Pssshht. But if you say 71 is cold and you make this casserole? Okay you can call that cold I guess.

  35. With that thick layer of cheese, I know this just has to be good! In the interim, it is hovering at a high of 40 in Alaska right now, and we're all sort of “Meh. When is it going to snow, anyway?”

  36. I really love this great casserole, but sorry, i don't feel too sorry for you and your cold weather. It goes down to -0 already at night here.
    Rita

  37. What a great combination. It's definitely fall here…it was in the low 30's this morning. I love comfort dishes like these!

  38. We have a friend who says he could accept any sort of torture except wet socks. I bet he feels your pain. It's 41 degrees here right now. Wish I had me a plantain!

  39. A very unusual, creative “stick to your ribs” casserole from the Cayman's own, Parsley-Carsley!
    Well, if its any consolation, we are having rain here just about every day for the last week, and temperatures have dipped to 62 degrees, right here, in sunny south Florida. Right now, it's 73 and sunny, but very windy!
    This is the perfect temperature we have been wanting, all summer long, waiting for the super 80+ and 90 degrees to drop!

    Love the ripe plantains, combined in a different type of recipe, other than the usual plain fried!
    Hope you'll have a sunny weekend:DDD

  40. Delicious combination, especially with the plantains. I am with Kim-those cooking in the skillet drew me in, it would be hard not to eat them all before putting into the casserole. Great pics and I wish you a sunny weekend!

  41. Hmm. Plantain delicious – never seen anything like it and definitely looks wonderful comfort food! Today we've had the heating fixed, yeah! It's on the chilly side now although wet socks? You know, just realised we have the same kitchen table 🙂

  42. Oh I love plantains – this is totally my idea of comfort food!

  43. Hmmm…intriguing flavor combo. Sounds good! Yesterday, it was a “frigid” 76 degrees here, too, but it seems to have warmed back up today. lol

  44. Oh my, the pic of them cooking in the skillet has just officially sent me over the edge. This looks amazing. Sorry it's so cold…er…71 is not cold. Lol! It's 46 here and dropping. Can I move in with ya? Hate the cold and wet though. Horrible combo. Hope you warm up soon. xx

  45. How interesting! Never would have thought to put plantain into a casserole… sounds delicious though!

  46. Looks delicious! What an interesting combination. Thanks for sharing. Mrs. Herb Garden

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