Monday, September 29, 2014

Platanos Maduros Fritos or Fried Ripe Plantain Bananas


One of my favorite things to eat in Ecuador are the fried plantain bananas.

I love them both ripe and green, with cheese or without cheese.

As a side or just by themselves.

In any way you want to eat them, they are true delish!

Here is a very simple recipe for fried ripe plantain bananas.

If you want to enjoy them as a snack, I recommended preparing, and eating, them with cheese.

But we mostly eat them as a side for some other dish.

To add the flavor and give that little extra to the meal.


Ingredients
 (for two people)

2 ripe plantains

1-2 tbs oil for frying, can use rape, sunflower, peanut or soya oil

Optional:

Cheese for sprinkling or melting on top: You can use queso fresco or feta if you want to experience the saltiness contrast with the sweetness of the plantain. Other options include grated mozzarella if you prefer the yummy gooiness of melted cheese.

Also important to note that using the peanut oil gives the plantains a very different taste. And should only be used if you are certain that there are no one with peanut allergy eating.


Instructions

1. Wash and peel the plantains
2. Slice the plantains, the best way to slice them is either diagonally or cut the plantain in half and slice lengthwise. The plantain can also be sliced lengthwise full size, but the smaller diagonal or half slices are easier to manage.
3. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large frying pan and add the plantains, try first with a smaller piece of plantain that the oil is hot enough
4. The plantains will cook very quickly, make sure to turn them before they burn and cook until golden on each side. You can use a spatula or a fork to turn them. If the plantain flesh is still pink or white it means that it is not yet fully cooked.
5. Place the cooked plantains on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
6. Serve warm

61 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to try fried plantain bananas! They look so yummy and I hear they're GREAT for you <3

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  2. I've never had these. I'd like to try them though.

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  3. I want to make these for my son, I think he'd love them. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Being Cuban, I love fried plantains, either maduros or tostones. Either one is fine with me, delish!!!

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  5. I see these all the time in the market.. I guess I ought to try it!!

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  6. I'm not big on plantains but I would give this a try! It looks tasty.

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  7. I have never seen this before but this is so cool!! Love it :)

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  8. I have never actually made fried plantains (I enjoy eating them). I am going to give this a try!

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  9. i have a friend who eats these every day!

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  10. I would love to try these! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :D

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  11. Ooooh, plantains! Some of the best foods that I've had on my Central and South American adventures have had these in them! :)

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  12. The idea of putting shredded cheese on top sounds great! These look really good!

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  13. This look so delicious, luv fried bananas and your recipe looks awesome!

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  14. I love fried ripe plantains. In fact I may be addicted. I go through six a week with my daughter. I like it really ripe for that sweet taste

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  15. What an awesome recipe. I am going to bookmark this one.. I never knew you could serve them with cheese:)

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  16. These look really yummy! I actually have never tried plantains before.

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  17. Plantains are pretty tasty. Never had them fried up in a pan, and I literally just finished eating my plantain chips as I commented on this post, ha!!

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  18. It has been a long time since I had Patanos
    They taste so good

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  19. I love love love these! I've never made them at home, thanks for giving me the motivation to do so!

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  20. Plaintains are so popular and they also seem pretty easy to make!

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  21. I've never had a friend plantain! I'm definitely pretty curious to taste one!

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  22. Looks yummy! I will have to try your recipe. I have never had fried plantains before. Thank you for sharing!

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  23. I grew up on plantains and absolutely love them. :-)

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  24. Hmm....curious food. Looks pretty though!

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  25. I have plantains all the time because it's one of a few starches that I can eat and I love them! I love them fried best of all--thanks for sharing!

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  26. Wow, Know I know how to make fried plantains. I have ate it a few years ago and I loved it.

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  27. Yummy!! I don't know if I've ever seen plantains here, I'm sure we must - I always thought they just tasted like a banana? No?

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    1. No, they have a sort of banana taste but it's very different.

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  28. Ahhh we share something in common. I love fried plantains and grew up eating them. I plan to put up a post on it soon. Enjoyed yours and the photos. ;-)

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  29. I've had this at a restaurant once for dessert - so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  30. These are one of my most favorite things on earth. When my family lived in Panama we ate these like crazy and then my Mom would make them from time to time, they are so awesome when they are fresh!

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  31. I love plantains, but I have never had them fried before. YUM!

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  32. I've never tried plantain bananas before, I'm not sure about being combined with cheese, but I would try it out

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  33. My best friend recently introduced me to plantain chips. I had assumed plantains would just taste like bananas but they don't at all!

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  34. This looks delish :) Thank you for sharing!

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  35. I want to try these! I've seen them used in desserts but never with cheese. I love trying new foods. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Why must you make me hungry! I need to try this

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  37. We love plantains around here! We just had some at a cuban restaurant. It's always my sons favorite part of the meal!

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  38. This is so easy and way yummy!

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  39. These are one of my favorites but I have never made them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  40. I love fried plantains. The first time I had them was in Puerto Rico. Really wanting to make them again, thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  41. Oh, these are so good! I love these with black bean dip, queso and sour cream!

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  42. I've never tried them, but I'm super excited to do so. They look delicious!

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  43. that looks really good. i'm going to have to try it out.

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  44. I've always wondered about these! Looks delicious!

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  45. ummm i LOVE maduros. I need to try this ASAP!

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  46. I have never tried these! Are they sweet or savory?

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  47. I love plantains. I had a professor that was from Puerto Rico and he was always bringing us food. Fried plantains were my favorite.

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  48. Those look sooo good! Going to try them one night instead of fries!

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  49. My in-laws loved friend platanos! They're a bit too sweet for me though.

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  50. I absolutely love fried plantains! They are so delicious!

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  51. I taught ESoL for several years and every time we had a party, fried plantains showed up. I will definitely have to try them. We are having a linky party, Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday, and would love if you joined us (no babies required just excellent ideas for moms). We party until Saturday 8 pm EST. Hope to see you there!
    Lauren
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  52. I've seen these in the supermarket a few times and never tried them yet, but they look tasty cooked :-)

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  53. I haven't had a fried plantain since college. One of my roommates used to make them for us! Thanks for sharing this with us at Foodie Fridays!

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  54. I have never tries Plantains. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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  55. I need to try this! I love plantain chips so I can only imagine how much I would like these fried plantains. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  56. I have always wanted to try plantains but was never sure how to fix them. Thanks for the recipe. It is now further up on my list of to do's. Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipe with us this week at Foodie Fridays. Hope to see you again this week. I'm sure you'll be cooking up something delicious!
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  57. My husband loves to eat Fried Ripe Plantain Bananas when we travel and also when we eat in Latin or Caribbean restaurants.Thank you for sharing this delectable dish on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party” Blog Hop!

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  58. I've always wanted to try fried Plantain Bananas, but never have. They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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