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Friday, June 29, 2012

A Vegan Snack! Plantains (or Platanos) with Avocado

Chris loves plantains and wants to know how to make them well. I think they are ok, but only when fried crispy, and when we have tried to make them, they didn't come out right. Until last night!

We got home late from some errands, and the kids needed to go to bed ASAP. But we hadn't had a proper dinner, we weren't hungry enough for a big meal, and we didn't want to cook all that much anyway. Chris exclaimed, "Plantains!" I groaned and said I might not eat more than a bite.

He found directions on frying plantains on Youtube, and in a few minutes we had a quick snack.

Chris sliced the two plantains into 1/2 inch thick slices and heated coconut oil on medium. When the oil was hot, he placed the slices in, fried for a few minutes until golden, flipped them, and fried the other side. Once this step was done, he let them cool and drain on paper towel. Once slightly cooled, he gently mashed them to about half the thickness (but didn't let the pieces break apart), and placed them back in the hot oil to fry a bit more on each side until they were a golden brown. The darker they got, the stronger the caramel flavor.

We didn't make an accompanying sauce though- one we found called for sour cream, which we don't typically eat or keep in the house. I have a recipe for raw vegan sour cream, but I didn't feel like dirtying the food processor. So Chris topped them with sliced avocado, salt, pepper and lemon juice. (We would have used lime but didn't have any on hand.)

They were so good, I was wishing we had more plantains! They were salty, sweet and caramel-like.Very atypical of me. They probably weren't the healthiest snack, but it isn't something we would make often and we don't normally fry food. Aside from the fat and oil from frying, they also have fiber and healthy fats from the avocado. I think they would make easy and very different party food- how often do you go to a party and it's all boring crudite, chips, and dips? These would jazz things up! Next time we might top off the little stacks with a homemade sweet salsa.

Do you like plantains? How do you prepare them? Any recipes to share?

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