I’m over my fear of plantain monsters now 😉
Thanks to Carol and my sister, I grabbed that other green (now yellow and black) plantain from my veggie/fruit box.. I didn’t get to the store so had to work with what I had..
First, these are extremely hard to peel.. Mine was ripe and still didn’t want to peel.. So this it what I did :
Cut the plantain in half horizontally, then in half lengthwise.. pushed my thumb under the peel and it slipped off each 1/4 perfectly.. Don’t know if green ones will do as well..
I then cut the fruit up into bite size sections.. And put them in a skillet with about a quarter inch of hot canola oil..
Fried to golden brown on each side..
Now this is where you’re supposed to take them out of the skillet and smash them.. I have a tiny kitchen and will avoid unnecessary steps that won’t affect the end result..
I instead took my silicone spatula and covered each piece and squished down on the spatula with a metal tablespoon.. It was pretty easy and I’m surprised they didn’t slide around on me..
👍 Time and effort reduced..
All the while they were frying.. When I was done squishing, it was time to flip them again..
Placed them on the paper towels and covered them with paper towels and lightly pressed..
I figured I’d go slow with adding flavoring.. So I put a drop of lime concentrate on a piece and tasted it..
That lime concentrate settled the matter.. They were perfect, sweet and savory !!! They were gone in no time 😊
I highly recommend this simple method..
And really looking forward to exploring more in both ripe and unripe of this wonderful starchy fruit..