Make Plantain Fritters Or Tostones
Right, put your best Spanish accent on for this one. Tostones are twice-fried plantain slices, smashed down to look like fritters. If you want to make actual fritters, flour and all, check out this recipe from Jamaican Food and Recipes.
Otherwise, here’s how to make tostones:
Slice green plantains, then fry for two minutes on each side. Once they’re done, smash them down with a flat kitchen utensil. Then fry again until they’re golden brown and crisp. Then place on paper towels to drain the oil. All that’s left to do is enjoy. You can thank us later!
Did Someone Say Plantain Cake?
Cake, cake, cake! Who doesn’t love cake, right?
Thankfully, ripe plantains are great for desserts. They’re actually great for vegans who don’t want to use eggs, because the plantains bind flour together well. Plus they’re a better source of sweetness than a whole ton of sugar.
There are so many plantain cake recipes out there, that we can barely choose which ones to pick.
For an authentic Ghanaian plantain cake, check out this video:
Plus, this website has a recipe for a delicious looking cake from India, called kai pola. Some people make it with bananas, but it’s just as good – if not better – with ripe plantains.
Spiders… But Not The Scary Kind
You might just be frowning right now, like ‘What the…?’ That is if you haven’t rushed across the room to hide under a table or get a slipper or other spider-killing device. But seriously, this is not fried tropical spider. We haven’t lost our minds.
These delicious little snacks are called aranitas, which means spiders in Spanish. We’re guessing that’s because the shredded plantain looks a little like spider’s legs. But no fear – these won’t come running under the bathroom door.
All you need for this super simple recipe is plantains and garlic. The plantains could be green or yellow, depending on your preferences. Green will create a crunchy, savory snack, while yellow will make your aranitas sweeter. It’s totally up to you. Really ripe plantains are a no-go here, though – they’re impossible to grate into strips.
Peel two plantains, then shred them on a coarse grater. Soak the shredded plantain in salt water for 10 minutes. Next, dry them and use a paper towel to soak up the water. Mince 6 cloves of garlic (or fewer), and add salt and pepper to taste. Add the plantains to this and stir up until they’re in a sticky mixture. Then crank up a pan of oil to medium-high. Once the oil is hot, take a spoonful of the plantain mix and fry it in a clump. Repeat until the pan is full. They’ll need around 2-3 minutes on each side.
How To Cook Plantains, Jamaican Style, Sweet Chips And Healthy Recipes Included Conclusion
As you can see, plantain is a seriously versatile food, able to take its place in both savory and sweet dishes with ease. Now you’ve seen all these recipes, which one are you going to try?