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Latin Elvis, Andrew Meade

Photo by Andrew Meade

Summer is here, and with the kids at home, there’s a lot of planning for activities and meals. One of my favorite recipes to make with kids is my “If Elvis Was Latin” peanut butter and plantain sandwhich. When children are part of the process of making a meal, they are more inclined to be more adventurous in their eating. Especially if there are stories behind the meal—like this one!

Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwhich included peanut butter and bananas. In my version, I’ve replaced the bananas for the very Latin plantain. And instead of plain white bread, I use raisin bread to add nutrition and fiber.

Cooking with your children is a great way to bring the family together. Buen provecho!


Serves 4

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large, very ripe black skinned plantain, peeled and diagonally cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
8 slices raisin bread
1/4 to 1/2 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the plantain slices and saute until they’re cooked through and golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside.

2. Spread each slice of bread with peanut butter, spreading as thin or thick as you like. Arrange a layer of plantain slices on 4 of the bread slices and cover with the remaining slices. Grill on a panini press until toasted and browned on both sides. You can also cook the sandwich as you would a grilled cheese sandwich, with a little butter in a nonstick pan; press the sandwich down using a spatula as it cooks. Slice in half and serve with a glass of milk.

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