By Chris De La Rosa
PRIDE Cuisine Specialist
With a variety of banana and plantain trees in our kitchen garden at the back of our home, we grew up with a natural affection for boiled and/or fried plantains. Sunday lunch was all about the sides of boiled plantains to give the entire meal a sort of rounded appeal, with the natural sweetness of the plantain. It’s funny how I still crave plantains from time to time(would explain why I’m always experimenting with different recipes), but I’ve not had a ripe banana in about 20 years. I ate so much as a kid, I can’t stand the stuff now. PLUS.. the bananas we get in North America are simply not appealing to me (no real flavor or sweetness).
2 ripe plantains
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1-2 cups veg oil
1/2 cup orange juice
Note: When buying or using ripe plantains you want them to go black and discolored (unlike bananas) – that’s when they are the sweetest.
Peel and slice the plantains into coins, place in a bowl and marinate with the orange juice for an hour or 2.
Then it’s just a matter of rolling each slice in the Panko bread crumbs and set aside to fry (you may have to press on the plantain pieces for the Panko crumbs to stick on). I like breading them all before frying as they can cook pretty fast and it’s more convenient.
Heat the vegetable oil on a medium flame then gently add the panko breaded plantain slices to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (until golden brown) and set on paper towels to soak up any extra oil. Serve/enjoy warm!
Not your typical “Caribbean” way of preparing ripe plantains, but I assure you that you’ll love the slight crunchy exterior followed by the warm and sweet goodness inside. Do you have a unique way of preparing ripe plantains?
This recipe is courtesy of Gourmand Award winning cookbook author and founder of CaribbeanPot.com, Chris De La Rosa. With over 450 printable recipes with step by step cooking instructions and demo videos, PLUS over 1 million social/fan connections globally every month, CaribbeanPot.com is the world’s #1 resource of Caribbean Culinary Culture. Connect with Chis on Instagram: www.instagram.com/caribbeanpot/.