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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.

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Holly from Richardson, TX

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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.

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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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