Plantains; A universal food loved by people in every corner of the world. Plantains are especially popular in Latin, Caribbean and Asian cooking. They’re a quick side dish or snack and a customer favourite so, it never hurts to keep a few available. You can always find them in my kitchen.Personally, I love plantain fritters, plantain porridge, plantain chips and fried plantains (ripe or green). Plantains also combine well with other flavors so don’t be afraid to experiment. Keep reading for a few recipes.
Not only do they taste good; plantains are loaded with Vitamins A and C, fat free and low in calories. They are also a great source of fiber. Plantains are versatile food. They can be prepared green or ripe, cooked, boiled, fried,mashed.
FRIED RIPE PLANTAINS
1 ripe plantains, thinly sliced
Add enough oil to cover bottom of frying pan and put on medium heat. When oil begins to shimmer (about 2 minutes), add plantains and fry for 1 minute or so until edges turn golden. Turn plantain and fry other side for 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown. Remove plantain from oil and drain on paper towels.
*Sprinkle on a little salt or sugar and you’re done*
FRIED GREEN PLANTAINS
1 medium plantain
½ tsp salt
1c. Oil (vegetable, peanut, or canola)
To make Soft Fried plantain; green plantains cut into chunky slices and deep fry for about 5 minutes over medium- hign heat until soft in the center. Serve with meat and gravy as a side dish or enjoy alone as a quick snack.
To make Plantain Chips; green plantains, thinly sliced and fried until crispy. Usually eaten as a snack or served as a finger food at parties. Add a clove of garlic or some hot pepper to the oil when frying for added flavor.
Peel and slice plantains to desired thickness . Toss with salt in small bowl. Heat oil in small skillet, over medium- high heat for about 5 minutes before adding plantains. Fry until golden. Remove from oil with large slotted spoon and put on paper towels to drain.