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!
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.
This is a good recipe. Just a few modifications: since queso fresco does not melt, I will probably use a different cheese next time (maybe Monterrey cubes or even pepperjack). Also, make sure to reserve some of the water from boiling the plantains to add to when mashing, otherwise they are too dry and will crumble when molding into balls. Finally, if you are a garlic lover you can add a couple of pressed cloves or some garlic powder when mashing, it will enhance the flavor. Serve with avocado and some sewed meat and presto! - 19 Mar 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Good recipe. I suggest cooking it a few minutes longer and serve with a red enchilada sauce. - 21 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I really liked this idea and the finished product was good. It could have been my lack of cooking ability that led to them being so greasy and falling apart and it seemed like it needed one more flavor that I could not determine. The next time I cook these, I think I will try adding a little oil to the plantain mix and cook it in the oven. I haven't been able to think of the other flavor I would like to add. - 16 Apr 2015 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)