Plantains can only be eaten cooked. Fried plantains are a traditional treat in Latin America and many other parts of the world. Overly ripe plantains work best for this recipe. If you want a savoury experience, serve these with salt. If you want something sweet, serve with sugar and cinnamon.
For best results, the skins on your plantains should be black!
For a delicious, inexpensive pud, serve the plantains with vanilla ice cream and dust with cinnamon and demerara sugar.
Made it healthier. Rather than using all of that oil, I just sauteed my sliced plantains in a few tablespoons of melted butter until they were slightly browned/carmelised on both sides. Worked great. SO good! Love plantains! Thanks, Donna! - 15 Sep 2008
It is very important to use very ripe plantains for this one. These aren't tostones (fried green plantains). These are called "amarillos". Amarillos turn out sweet, not crunchy and darker in colour when compared to green. I like to use plantains with yellow and black skins or all black. You can eat them by themselves or sometimes I like to sprinkle grated parmesan on top. - 15 Sep 2008
My husband makes these, we all love them. You didn't mention that if they are green they need to be fried twice, flatten in the middle of cooking. Good with garlic & salt. We also slice them in circles. When very over ripe the sugars come out and caramelise. Great for breakfast. - 15 Sep 2008