Prep 35 mins
Cook 10 mins
Plantains are a member of the banana family, but catch them a little before they are ripe and they become a kid pleasing savory snack similar to French Fries. My 8 year old loved these, so we were pleasantly surprised when she gobbled them up. My daughter likes these sans sauce, but my Husband and I love them with Delicious Salsa Verde This recipe is from Family Fun Magazine. Don't let all the steps scare you, they are very easy to make!
- 2 large green plantains
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 cup peanut oil
- Cut off the ends of the plantain, then use a small knife to cut a slit along their natural ridges.
- Pry the skin loose, using a knife if necessary, and then pull it off.
- Cut the plantains crosswise into 1" rounds.
- Place them in a bowl with the water, salt, and garlic for 30 minutes.
- In a medium sized pot, or frying pan heat the oil to 325 degrees.
- Drain the plantain slices and pat with a paper towels.
- Fry a few rounds at a time, turning them occasionally until golden, not brown, and tender when pierced with a knife, about 5 minutes.
- Drain the cooked slices on paper towels and allow them to cool for at least 1 minute.
- Place the fried slices one by one between two pieces of waxed paper on a cutting board.
- Gently press each slice with a mllet or rolling pin into rounds approximately 1/3" thick and 2" in diameter.
- When all the slices are pressed, heat oil to 375 degrees, then refry the slices until golden brown and crispy on the outside, tender on the insdie, about 3 minute Drain the rounds on paper towel and sprinkle with salt, enjoy!.
There is certainly nothing wrong with this recipe, it was easy enough to do. I decided not to attach a star rating to it though because it just wasn't my thing. I found it a lot of work for the outcome. Granted though, I've never worked with plantains before, and have maybe eaten them once or twice ever. I think perhaps my plantains were TOO green, because only a couple of pieces had a nice texture on the inside. It was interesting so I'm not sorry I made them....thanks for the introduction Leslie.
Wow, these are awesome Leslie. I really enjoyed this dish. It was quick and very easy to make. My dil's mother turned me on to plantains...and I will always be indebted to her for that. I love plantains, I have yet to try a recipe that I haven't enjoyed. Thanks so much for sharing a recipe that I will make again often. Made for Aussie Swap 01/10 :)
EXCELLENT!!! The greener plantain never softened up but the riper ones were still firm enough to come out perfectly! I haven't had these in a looong time & were a wonderful treat. Made for you for being a Tour Guide for the Kitchen Witches, ZWT5. xoxoxoxo