- Breakfast, as a side to fried eggs and cheese
- Lunch, as a side to Rice and Beans
- Dinner, by using them as mini-sandwiches and layering them with fried salami
- Passed Canapes, topping them with anything from Avocado (like I’ll show you!) to Duck Breast!
- Cut both ends off green plantains.
- Slice a slit down the length of the entire plantain, going entirely through the skin.
- Rub your hands with vegetable oil. This will prevent the starchiness of the plantains from making your hands unbearably sticky.
- Break off the peel. Some plantains will be easier to peel than others. Work with them.
- Preheat a saute pan with about an inch of oil. You could also deep-fry these in a larger amount of oil and not have to flip them. Your call.)
- Slice plantains into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces and slide into the hot oil.
- Flip over after 30 seconds and remove from pan.
- If you have a fancy toston masher, use that. Or just wash a can and mash your halfway cooked plantain with that.
- Slide back into the hot oil, flip and cook for 30 more seconds on each side.
- Remove from pan, add salt and enjoy!
You can snack on these as they are, but below is a delicious idea you can add to your next dinner party or get together! How about setting up a bar of toppings and having your guests make their own creations? What a fun party!
To make Canape below:
Dice a ripe avocado and mix olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Layer on warm fried plantain, top with queso fresco and sprinkle with grilling spices or cayenne pepper. Enjoy!
Giveaway Time!!! What would YOU top with a fried green plantain? Dream up one creation and share in the comments! All entries will be entered to win a plantain masher (resembling this one) from the Dominican Republic! Foodie Rules: One entry per person. US addresses only. Deadline: September 13th at around bedtime (or 11pm).