About this recipe:Green plantains taste like potatoes! This will surprise your family - any potato lover is sure to love this! You can serve these as a side dish or starter. They also make a good vegetarian main!
5 whole green plantains, unpeeled
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
300g ricotta, mild feta or queso fresco, cut into 1cm cubes
950ml vegetable oil for frying
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Bring the whole plantains with enough water to cover to the boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the plantains are tender and the skins have cracked, about 45 minutes. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 190 C / Gas 5.
Peel the plantains and mash with the salt and pepper until no lumps remain. Roll the mashed plantain into 3 tablespoon size balls around a cube of cheese. Cook the plantain fritters in the hot oil in batches until they are golden brown and float to the surface, about 5 minutes. Move the plantain fritters around as they cook to ensure they brown evenly. Drain the cooked plantain balls on a kitchen roll-lined plate to cool slightly.
Queso fresco - used in many Mexican dishes - is Spanish for 'fresh cheese' and can be hard to find in the UK. Mild feta cheese is a good substitute.
You can find green plantains in African or Caribbean shops, and in some larger supermarkets.