These Sweet Fried Plantains were crispy on the outside, soft inside, and the flavor was perfect! The trick to good plantains is to let them get all the way ripe; which is a lot of black on the skin, that’s when they are the sweetest.
First of all these are not bananas, they are plantains. They are very healthy, the fiber and starch found in plantains are complex carbs, and they are high in antioxidants. plantains are very popular from Central and South America to the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. If they’re not available at your local grocery store you can find them at a Latin or Asian grocery store.
We’re lucky enough to have a Global Market across town, but I have seen them at Walmart and other grocery stores too, just not in large quantities. It’s worth asking, they might be there and you just thought they were funny looking bananas. The peel is thicker and they’re normally way larger than your average banana and not in bunches like bananas.
We were having a Jamaican theme dinner with Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken and Jamaican Style Greens so Sweet Fried Plantains was a perfect addition, also known as Maduros or tostones. We first saw these many years ago watching Triple D with Guy Fieri. We love exploring the world through food and different recipes represent a whole new world of flavors we’re not familiar with, but appreciate getting to know what it’s like there without the ability to travel around the world, we can understand each other a little better.
What can you serve with this Sweet Fried Plantains?
- We created a whole Jamaican style feast to go with these. For an entree, try Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken!
- Another yummy side to go with your Jamaican feast? Jamaican Style Greens!
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