Thursday, September 9, 2010

FOOD: Plantains, its ok to go bananas.

Plantains are a staple food in much of central and south america, they are delicious and for reasons I do not comprehend unpopular in the US.  perhaps its the idea of cooking fruit to eat it,

However they could not be simpler to prepare and a great side dish for rice, chicken and spicy food. Steamed, boiled, grilled, baked, or fried plantains have a distinct flavor that can not compare to bananas its much more subtle and quite aromatic.

I love to cut them in wedges and frying them in unsalted butter on a non stick pan until golden , when they are golden on both sides but still firm, remove, pat dry with a towel  add more butter to the pan, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg  until caramelization begins return the plantains to the pan and coat them in caramel  let them sit for a few seconds, remove from pan in to a silicon sheet or wax paper and let cool.

The cinnamon, nutmeg sugar will be crispy the plantains tender and delicious perfect to eat as desert or in a Sunday.

Enjoy  JD.

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