This post is long overdue but here goes! Plantains are a fruit that look very much like what most of us refer to as a banana. They are actually in the same family, but plantains generally are more starchy and less sweet than bananas. For that reason, they are generally not eaten raw, but are great in cooked dishes. Today we’ll show you a simple way to enjoy plantains, as taught to us by Cheryl Gonsalves, who grew up in Trinidad and and was sweet to invite us to her home to share her love of food with us!
Preparation Time: 5 min
Total Time: 15 min
Servings: 5 portions
Meal type: Appetizer
- 5 plantains, ripe;
1. Peel the plantains. The easiest way is to chop off both ends, cut a slit from one end to the other, and roll the plantain out of the skin.
2. Cut the plantains into 1/2″ slices, on a slight diagonal”
3. Sprinkle a little bit of salt over all the slices to bring out the flavour.
4. Heat oil at ??? high heat in a medium-depth frying pan, making sure that you have enough oil to prevent the plantains from sitting on the bottom. Add the slices carefully, one by one, to prevent any splashing!
5. Flip them gently when they have turned a nice golden brown colour.
6. When they have become golden brown on both sides, remove from the oil and set them in a bowl lined with paper towel to remove the excess oil.
It took very little prep work and it’s hard to resist stealing bites of finished ones while frying the whole batch up! Hope you enjoy this wonderful appetizer as much as we did.