Recipes Using Plantains

Does anyone have any favorite plantain (aka pltano macho) recipe they'd like to share? Plantain looks like a large banana. It's stages of ripeness can range from green to yellow to black and, like a potato, it needs to be cooked.


Holly from Richardson, TX

June 11, 20070 found this helpful

Cut into 1/4 inch pieces and fry till light golden in oil, take out and smash and fry again, salt immediately after taking out of oil. YUM! Doesn't taste like bananas at all!

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June 12, 20070 found this helpful

We slice it if it's VERY ripe (black - it will look like a rotten banana) and pan fry it in a little oil till a little crisp and brown on each side. We eat it as a side dish with nothing else added. It's delicious! We learned how to cook this in the Bahamas.

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June 12, 20070 found this helpful

My favorite way to prepare the plantain is when they are very green...cut 1 inch chunks, peel, fry in oil until slightly golden, remove from oil and drain. Then smash with bottom of a mug or glass, and fry again until medium golden. These are called tostones (spelling?) in Puerto Rico. They do not taste the same if at any other stage of ripeness. There is a specific utensil made for smashing them as well...probably can't get in the US in many places. They typically are served with a sauce made of mayo, ketchup, lemon juice, garlic salt and black pepper.

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