What is your favorite way to cook plantain (platano)?

@GuateMom (1411)
Canada
April 4, 2007 10:39pm CST
When I first came to Guatemala, I hated plantain, but now I love it. Not sure how that happened. Anyway, my favorite way to eat it is chopped and boiled with sugar and cinnamon, with the sweet juice. Another good way to prepare a nice ripe plantain is to slice it lengthwise and fry it in oil. Then you sprinkle it with some sugar and add a dollop of cream to serve. Ok, that is really unhealthy, but oh, so good!
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@miryam (6510)
• Italy
5 Apr 07
Sorry but I never eatt Platain.....is a tree.do you eat that?0? In Italu it only a tree not eat platain........ is good??
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
5 Apr 07
Plantain is like a giant banana, but it is not sweet and needs to be cooked before you eat it. It is very good . . . once you get a taste for it!
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
5 Apr 07
We like to peel four very ripe plaintains [black], place in a baking dish, pour one cup of low fat milk and a half cup of brown sugar {can use plain sugar in a pinch].Spread a tablespoon of margarine over the top of each plaintain. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. I have never heard of frying plaintains. Do you pan fry or deep fry?
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
5 Apr 07
We just pan fry them. Your recipe sounds delicious, I will try it next market day!
@astromama (1226)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I love fried plaintains with the cream, but not the sugar. I've never had them with sugar, I don't think. I usually have them as a side dish with a meal of refried black beans and rice and something good like tamales or tacos. They're delicious in empanadas as well...
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
5 Apr 07
with sugar, it is more of a dessert dish. Also, they are really yummy with mole, a Mexican chocolate sesame sauce.
• United States
5 Apr 07
An old boyfriend's mom used to fry them up. I had never tried them before I dated him. Now, once in a great while, I will buy a couple and fry them. I will have to try it with the sugar and cream. That sounds yummy!
• United States
17 Apr 07
I love plantains and being from Florida would eat them often there, here is a great recipe that I used to use when I would make them: Sweet Fried Plantains Vegetable oil, for shallow frying 2 firm-ripe plantains (about 1 pound) Kosher salt 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Ice cream Heat about 1-inch of oil in heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 340 degrees F. Line a large plate with paper towels. Peel the plantains and discard the skins. Slice into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Fry the plantains in oil, turning occasionally, until a golden brown color, about 2 to 4 minutes. The longer the plantains fry the sweeter they are. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the plantains with a little salt. Put the sugar and cinnamon in a brown bag, drop the warm plantains into the bag, and shake to coat evenly. Serve with ice cream, if desired.