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Crab Meat Piononos

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  • Ready in: Prep: 20 M, Cook: 25 M, Total: 45 M
  • Serves: 12
  • Complexity: medium
  • kcal: 320
Crab Meat Piononos

Pionono is any of several varieties of pastry popular in Spain, South America, and the Philippines. It is named after Pope Pius IX's Italian name, "Pio Nono"


  • 4 very ripe plantains, each cut lengthwise into 3, 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick slices, cooked (fried in oil or baked in microwave*) until tender
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 6 sweet ají peppers, finely chopped or 1/4 cup cubanelle pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Chicken Flavor Bouillon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked crab meat, chopped shrimp or flaked fish
  • Ground black pepper and salt to taste (optional)
  • 2 slightly beaten large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) Evaporated Milk
  • Island Mojo
  • Cooked white rice
  • Step by Step Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease 12 muffin cups. 

      Place plantain slice in each cup, bending slice to line edge of the cup. Repeat with others. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, ají peppers, onion, and garlic.  Stir occasionally, until onion is tender. Add bouillon, cilantro, lime juice, tomato, and crabmeat. Mix well; remove from heat. Season to taste with pepper and salt, if desired. 

      Divide the crabmeat mixture evenly in the center of each muffin cup lined with plantains. Combine eggs and evaporated milk in small glass measure. Pour milk mixture into each muffin cup (use a fork to make room for milk in mold). 

      Bake for about 25 minutes or until set. Serve warm alone or accompanied with Island Mojo and white rice. 

      Note: The ripe plantains can be prepared in the microwave: Cut the ends and make an incision in the peel. Wrap in paper towels. Cook one plantain on HIGH (100%) power for 3 minutes, or cook two for 5 minutes.

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