Sweetened, refried, black beans are surrounded in a blanket of mashed plantain and fried in these Guatemalan snacks.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 6 plantains, peeled and broken into chunks
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried black beans
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 quart oil for frying
Place the plantains in water to cover in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 minutes. Drain and mash.
In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the refried beans. Stir in the sugar and salt. Remove from heat.
To make the rellenitos, form a palm-sized amount of mashed plantains into a ball; flatten and place about a teaspoon of the bean mixture in the middle; then mold the sides of the plantain around the beans, making an egg-shaped ball.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), or until a small amount of batter sizzles and browns in the oil. Fry rellenitos in oil until browned. Drain on paper towels.
We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.