Thursday, June 5, 2008

Recipe: Fried Plantain


Pick a plantain. Green or yellow, or somewhere in between.

Peel it. It's easier if you cut off each end first and then run the knife down the spine.

Cut it into pieces. If it's green, make them round - as thick as your index finger. If it's yellow, cut the plantain in half and then slice it along the vertical.

Heat the oil until it sizzles.

Gently place each slice in the oil and cook until golden.

If the plantain is green, remove it from the oil once it has reached its golden peak. Mash it with a plantain masher, or alternatively, your hand, a brown paper bag, a glass, a plate - anything with a flat surface. If you're feeling adventurous, try cookie cutters. Refry the plantain a second time until its crispy. Remove and salt.

If the plantain is yellow, wait for the edges to caramelize first.