In case you haven’t noticed, we’re on a bit of a plantain kick these days; and for good reason. Plantains are an extremely versatile and delicious ingredient that can be prepared and enjoyed in many ways.
Plantains are quite similar to bananas but differ in one key way: it’s best to cook plantains before enjoying them. Uncooked plantains tend to taste more like a potato than the sweet tropical treat you might expect. Cooking converts the starches in the plantain into sugars making for a delicious light treat that everyone can enjoy. It doesn’t take much to bring out the great flavors of plantains and it’s well worth the effort.
Frying is the easiest and most common way to prepare plantains. All you need to do is peel and slice the plantains into 1/4 inch thick discs. Carefully heat oil (canola, vegetable, etc…) in a deep skillet or medium sauce pan and carefully fry the plantains until they’re perfectly browned. Once they’re browned, carefully remove the plantains from the oil, sprinkle lightly with salt to taste and cool on a paper towel. That’s all it takes!
Plantains can be used in a variety of recipes including desserts, appetizers and main courses. Try this great Plantain Fritter recipe:
1/4 Cup Butter
1 Clove Organic Garlic Mashed
2 Medium Green Plantain Bananas peeled and grated
Oil or Frying
Mix butter and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
In a medium sized, heavy saucepan, heat the oil for frying. While the oil is heating, make small patties out of the grated plantains, using about 1/4 cup at a time, pressing firmly together.
Fry until golden brown, turning once, and then drain on paper towels. Repeat until all patties are cooked.
Brush one side of the patties with the garlic butter before serving.
Recipe provided by Melissa’s Produce – www.Melissas.com