Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains

Plantains are widely used in Caribbean and Central American cooking.

When the skins are still green, they can be boiled like a potato and taste similar. When the skins turn yellow or even black, they become much sweeter, and are wonderful sliced and fried in a little oil.


SERVES 2

Preparation Time:  5 Minutes
Cooking Time:  3 minutes

 
1 large plantain  
1 tblsp cooking oil  

Plantains look similar to bananas, but are usually bigger with more of a pointed end. There is also a certain technique required to peel the skins. The best way is to cut off both ends, cut in half widthways, score a couple of lines along the plantain lengthways, cutting through the skin to the flesh. The skin should then peel off easily.

Peel the plantain according to the above instructions - 1 plantain should be enough as an accompaniment to a meal for 2 people.

Slice the plantain lengthways. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the plantain slices until just browned on each side. 

Serve as a side dish with your favourite meal - “Goat Curry” or roast chicken are mine.