Mashed Plantains With Leeks and Fresh Herbs

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Adapted from Bon Appetite magazine. Plantains are those big bananas in the supermarket. Often used in Caribbean cooking. They are a starch and must be cooked before eating. In this recipe they are an alternative to mashed potatoes. The original recipe basically had more butter and sour cream. Increase those if you want a richer dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring 7 cups water and broth to boil in heavy, large pot. Add plantains. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer until plantains are very tender and yellow-orange (some may begin to come out of peel), about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Cool plantains 10 minutes. Remove peel using hands or small paring knife. Transfer plantains to large glass bowl. Add 1/2 cup of reserved cooking liquid and mash plantains until smooth, adding more liquid by tablespoonfuls to thin mixture, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter with olive oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek and sauté until tender but not browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in thyme and parsley. Add leek mixture to mashed plantains; stir to blend. (Can be made 1 hour ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Microwave on high until heated through before continuing.).
  3. Mix sour cream and cumin into hot plantains. Season with salt and pepper. If using last tablespoon of butter, cut into small cubes. Scatter butter and pecans over; serve.


Most Helpful

I didn't add the broth back in thanks to the other reviews and the recipe turned out well.

navarrafam September 08, 2008

These were lovely, I couldn't get over the taste and texture, it reminded me of mashed potatoes. I took Echo's advise and didn't use any additional liquid, I found it worked well that way. I loved the addition of the herbs, pecans and sour cream to the dish. Thanks so much for sharing MathMom.

Baby Kato July 19, 2007

Well, this is one I totally did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be very good. The only change I'd probably make would be not to bother with adding the reserved cooking liquid, because for me that made it a bit too "thin"--but that's just my personal taste. Thanks, MathMom, for a novel and interesting addition to my cooking repertoire.

echo echo June 19, 2007

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