Pastelón Traditional Dominican Recipe

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Pastelón is a dish traditionally found in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

However, just because the recipe is the same doesn’t mean the techniques are.

In a traditional Puerto Rican pastelón recipe, you’ll find that they don’t mash their plantains. Instead of boiling and mashing the plantains, they slice the plantains long ways and fry them.

I’ve actually tried that technique once before and though it was unique in texture and delicious, I prefer the Dominican technique. The plantain is smoother and it holds together a lot easier.

Pastelón is meant to be the Caribbean version of the Italian dish Lasagna. Plantains plays the role of the pasta, beef plays the role of the beef, and mozzarella plays the role of the parmesan and bechamel.

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What do I need to make pastelón?

Ripe plantains. Plantains are practically the straw of the show in this amazing lasagna remix. Make sure they’re nice and ripe!

Ground beef. Whether you choose turkey, beef, pork, or chicken it’s up to you! You could even make this vegan by substituting the beef with lentils, mushrooms, and literally so much more. Pretty much anything ground works.

Onion. Garlic. Green Peppers. Necessary for flavoring the ground beef and for adding a fresh touch.

Mozzarella. Creates the gooey top layer that we all love.

Seasonings. Caribbean flavors are a must in a pastelón!

Butter. Needed to yield smooth, buttery mashed plantains.

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How do I make pastelón?

TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add plantains to a large pot of water over high heat.
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When soft, place plantains in a bowl with butter and mash until completely smooth.
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Set aside.
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Cook onions, garlic, and peppers in a pan over low to medium heat until soft.
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Add ground beef and seasonings to pan and cook.
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When almost fully cooked, mix in tomato paste.
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Set aside.
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Butter a baking dish.
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Add 1/2 plantain mixture into baking dish using a fork to flatten.
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Add beef mixture and flatten.
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Add the rest of the plantain mixture.
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Top with lots of mozzarella cheese.
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Bake for 20 minutes and 375°.
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Let cool and serve.

Can I make this with green plantains?

This recipe is intended to be made with ripe plantains for the flavor contrast of the sweetness in the plantains and the saltiness in the beef and mozzarella. So, you could definitely make it with green plantains, but I don’t know if you could still call it a traditional pastelón.

Can I make this with the Puerto Rican technique?

Of course you can, and if you’ve already tried my technique I strongly encourage you to try out the other one! Just make sure you add a scrambled egg to your pastelón to make sure the layers stick together. With that addition, you can use my recipe for that technique too!

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Pastelón Recipe

Pastelón is meant to be the Caribbean version of the Italian dish Lasagna. Plantains plays the role of the pasta, beef plays the role of the beef, and mozzarella plays the role of the parmesan and bechamel.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ripe plantains
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 sazon packet
  • ¼ tsp adobo
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Peel plantains and cut in half. Add plantains to a pot of water over high heat until soft.
  • Remove from heat. Place plantains in a bowl with butter and mash until completely smooth. Set aside.
  • Add onions, garlic, and peppers to a pan over low to medium heat. Cook until soft.
  • Add beef and seasonings to the pan and cook.
  • When almost fully cooked, mix in tomato paste. Set aside.
  • Butter a baking dish and add ½ of the plantain mixture. Use a fork to flatten.
  • Add beef mixture to the dish and flatten.
  • Add the rest of the plantain and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 375°.
  • Let cool and serve. Enjoy!

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Dominican Potato Salad AKA Ensalada Rusa Recipe

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Potato salad is a very basic recipe that some of love so much, and some of us hate with a burning passion. I agree, it is a hit or miss. If you aren’t a fan of mayo, then potato salad is probably not your thing.

But, there are alternatives to mayo for this recipe. Some of them are sour cream, oil, and lemon.

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With that being said, if you want to make this kicking potato salad to real way you’re going to want to use mayo. Get vegan mayo, whatever you have to do, just get mayo!

Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.

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This potato salad is found at almost all Dominican holidays and events. It’s a fairly simple recipe, but it’s reserved for special occasions. So, when I go to my family gatherings and I see that there is potato salad, I know we’re all about to have a great meal!

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Check out the video above for the technique. Some tips I have for you are to make sure not to burn your onions while sauteing them, they should be translucent not brown in any way. Also, only cook you potatoes and carrots until they are soft, they should not be mushy or falling apart. Adding the tablespoon of vinegar helps with this.

Dominican Potato Salad Recipe

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.


Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tbsp vinegar, potatoes, egg, and carrots. Boil over medium heat.
  2. Once boiling, remove egg. Remove carrots and potatoes once they are tender and soft.
  3. In a small pan over low heat, add 1 tbsp vinegar and chopped onion. Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Peel potatoes and egg and largely chop egg, carrots, and potatoes.
  5. In a bowl, add potatoes, egg, carrots, onion, and mayonnaise.
  6. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Shredded Chicken Empandas From Scratch

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Empanadas are a staple for get togethers and barbecues. They’re most amazing when they’re hot, fresh, and flaky. But… sometimes there are not so great emapanadas at the cookout. Don’t be the person who orders a pan of soggy, skimpy empanadas from that one place. Do something different and try making your own.

This recipe is so simple and only takes a few ingredients to make. Everybody always thinks that empanadas are very difficult to make, the concept of an empanada is straight forward, you fill, fold, and press. The only part you want to make sure you’re not screwing up on is preparing the dough. Here’s a video on exactly how to execute this recipe.

It’s a very simple technique, so don’t go buy store brought dough (but you do you). I also always thought the from scratch process was going to be super time consuming, but honesylu the most tedious part of this recipe is the waiting 30 minutes for the empanada dough to rest!

Going the extra step goes a long way with certain recipes, and this is definitely the case when it comes to empanadas. Frozen dough is no competition for fresh, homemade dough. So, with that being said, I will now be the person bringing the empanadas to the cook out!

Shredded Chicken Empanadas From Scratch Recipe

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Going the extra step goes a long way with certain recipes, and this is definitely the case when it comes to empanadas.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter, chilled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 chicken breast, shredded

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together flour and salt.
  2. Once mixed, add butter and combine into flour with hands until there is no dry flour left.
  3. Once combined, add egg and combine with hands until a dough is created.
  4. Kneed dough for 5 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, separate dough into 10 pieces. Roll pieces into balls.
  6. Take one ball, press down to create a circle shape, and ,using a rolling pin or anything cylindrical, roll the dough until it’s flat and round.
  7. Add chicken filling to one half of the circle, fold the other half over the filled half, and press down the edges (on both sides) with a fork.
  8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 for the rest of the filling and dough.
  9. Add vegetable oil to a pan over low to medium heat, and add the empanadas.
  10. Cook until golden brown on both sides, remove from oil and transfer to a paper towel covered plate. Let cool and enjoy!

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Dominican Style Black Beans Recipe

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Black beans are one of my favorite beans. I love making this recipe when I’m feeling tired of the classic Dominican beans. You know, put some spice in my life. One thing I kinda love about this recipe is the way all the flavors cooked together and created an almost sweet flavor profile, and I’m not one who likes salty things being sweet. So, take it from me, you have to try this recipe.

The hint of sweetness I was referring to earlier comes from the auyama, which also provides a hearty feature to these beans. I didn’t always use auyama in my beans. To be completely honest, I never even knew about it’s existence besides from my childhood memories when my grandma would make beans with it! When I started using it in my beans I never went back. It’s so cheap, lasts a long time, and adds an amazing sweet earthy flavor to my beans. You’ve definitely got to try this recipe out.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on -1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, lagerly diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 & 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Mangu con los tres golpes salami plantain queso de freir

Mangu Con Los Tres Golpes Recipe

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This is pretty much the breakfast I grew up on. I have an incredible amount of memories of being called to the kitchen to pick up my plate of mangu. To be completely honest, it was very rare to eat mangu with all these sides. Mangu is a quick and cheap dish, so my grandma wouldn’t be too bothered to make all 4 sides with it. There was almost always salami, but almost never cheese. But today I’m here to share the comeplete mangu dish with you.

So for starters, if you’re not from the Caribbean you are probably wondering what the hell is mangu. Mangu came from the region of the Congo, when there was slave trade, from a similar dish they eat made with boiled plantains. The name of the dish is mangusi. The word mangu comes from this West African word mangusi, which refers to any mashed vegetable from the earth.

Mangu con los tres golpes translates to mashed plantain with the three strikes. The three strikes would be the egg, cheese, and salami. Sometimes called con los cuatros golpes and incorporating avocado, this is a traditional breakfast in the Dominican Republic.

Try to use very unripe plantains, but yellow ones work too. The salami brand my family uses is Induveca. It’s a Dominican staple and can be used in so many more ways than just a side for mangu. Also, make sure to slice your queso thicker so you have a soft, gooey center.

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Mangu Con Los Tres Golpes

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 green plantain
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 slices queso de freir
  • 8 slices Dominican frying salami
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cold water
  • 1 cup frying oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, add sliced onion and vinegar and let marinate as you prepare the rest of the dish.
  2. Peel plantain by cutting the skin alongside the edges. Cut plantain into 4 pieces for quicker cooking.
  3. In a small pot at medium to high heat, fill with water and plantain pieces, and cook until the plantains are soft.
  4. Once the plantains are soft, remove them from water, preserving about 2 tbsp water from cooking.
  5. In a large bowl, add soft plantain and butter, using a fork to mash the plantains.
  6. Add preserved cooking water and cold water and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside as your prepare the rest of the dish
  7. In a pan at low to medium heat, add frying oil. Add egg, season with salt and pepper, and cook, using a spoon to get the hot oil on the top of the egg. Once cooked, remove from pan.
  8. Add cheese slices to pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Once cooked, remove from pan.
  9. Add salami slices to pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Once cooked remove from pan.
  10. Add onion slices marinating in vinegar to pan and cook until translucent. Once cooked remove from pan.
  11. Cut avocado and assemble dish. Enjoy!

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Dominican Beef Stew – Carne De Res Guisada Recipe

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I love Dominican food, and res guisada is one of my favorites. It’s hearty, comforting, and delicious, and it pairs perfectly with rice and beans to make La Bandera. La bandera, or the flag, is a the national dish of DR and it is matches the colors of the country’s flag and consists of rice, red beans, meat, and salad. I could eat la bandera every single day but that’s just me.

This recipe is simple to make and can be prepared in under an hour! You can let this simmer for longer than 20 minutes if you want a thicker stew, but don’t cook for longer than an hour to avoid overcooking.

La Bandera Dominicana

You can make this recipe using just about any cut of beef, just dice it into 1 inch pieces. And any color bell pepper works though I always pick the red ones :). Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Dominican Beef Stew - Carne De Res Guisada

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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A traditional Dominican beef stew in under an hour.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, stems and leaves
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add beef, sazon, soy sauce, adobo, and lime. Mix and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, add oil and cook marinated beef on low heat.
  3. Once the beef is tender add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. After 2 minutes, add water and tomato paste and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.

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Patacon De Platano Maduro With Chicken And Mojo Recipe

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Patacon is the concept of using plantain as a substitute for bread. It’s a very satisfying way to switch things up once in a while. I have a recipe already where I show you how I make my Jibarito, which is very similar to this recipe. However, that recipe used salted green plantains while this recipe uses sweet ripe plantains.

Patacon De Platano Maduro

Making these are so easy, just make sure that you use plantains that are ripe but not too ripe to where it won’t hold together after you press it. Also, don’t press the plantain too thin because that will also cause the plantain to fall apart.

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Patacon De Platano Maduro With Chicken And Mojo

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Patacon is the concept of using plantain as a substitute for bread. It's a very satisfying way to switch things up once in a while.


Ingredients

  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded grilled chicken
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, heat oil over low to medium heat.
  2. Peel the plantain, cut it in half, and then cut the plantain perpendicular to the first cut so that you have 4 pieces.
  3. Place the four plantain pieces into the pan and cook for a few minutes on both sides.
  4. Remove each plantain quarter from the pan and onto a cutting board lined with parchment paper and use another cutting board to press the plantain pieces.
  5. Put the pressed plantain pieces back to the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Combine jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  7. Assemble patacon starting with one plantain quarter, the shredded chicken, kale, mojo, and another plantain quarter.

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Dominican Beans- Habichuelas Guisadas Recipe

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Being half Dominicana, I LOVE rice and beans. Over the years I’ve perfected my rice by switching over to basmati rice, adjusting the water ratio, and tweaking the cook time. But I’ve never ever made habichuelas that I truly enjoyed. Before this recipe that is.

Now let me clear up that these beans are not made from SCRATCH since we are using canned beans, and that’s probably evident through the very short 45 minute cook time. Usually, you’d start with dry beans and that cook time is somewhere around 4 hours, and that’s not including soaking the beans overnight for 8-12 hours. This is the recipe for when you want beans but do not have the time.

Dominican Rice And Beans

You can use any bean for this recipe really, but for true Dominican beans use roman beans. Good alternatives would be pinto beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and red kidney beans.

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Classic habichuelas guisadas.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on
  • 1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, large diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can roman beans, rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, auyama, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Patacon Using Seitan Recipe

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This patacon was is so delicious and satisfying! It’s a creative and out-of-the-box way to use plantain!

I love eating plantains as a side but using plantains as the “buns” in this recipe was very different way to use this starchy vegetable I grew up eating throughout my childhood.

Plant based jibarito

A patacon, or a jibarito is a sandwich made with fried plantains as the buns and whatever you desire as the sandwich filling. Traditionally, with thin-sliced steak, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and cheese. Chicago restaurateur Juan “Peter” Figueroa introduced the jibarito at Borinquen Restaurant, a Puerto Rican restaurant in in 1996 after reading about a Puerto Rican sandwich created in Plátano Loco in 1991 substituting plantains for bread.

I filled mine up as a traditional jibarito but the variations are endless! I’m looking forward to doing many different recipes with this plantain-bun method.

Plantain

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Vegan Jibarito

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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A creative and out-of-the-box way to use plantain

Ingredients

  • 1 green plantain
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced seitan
  • ¼ tsp adobo
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 romaine leaf
  • ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • half avocado, sliced (optional)

Directions

  1. Peel the plantain and cut once vertically and then once horizontally, so that you end up with 4 pieces.
  2. Cook pieces in a deep pan with oil at low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  3. After 1-2 minutes, remove from pan and place on plate.
  4. Place a plantain piece onto cutting board lined with parchment paper and use another cutting board lined with parchment paper to squish the plantain piece until flattened. Once flat set aside.
  5. Repeat step 4 for each plantain piece.
  6. Cook each plantain piece again until golden brown then remove from heat and allow any excess oil to drain.
  7. Cook seitan slices in adobo and lemon juice until crispy. Taste for salt.
  8. Assemble jibarito with 2 pieces fried plantian, ½ cup cooked seitan, letuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and avocado.

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