Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I L-O-V-E love plaintains. For those of you unfamiliar with plaintains, they're those big black banana-looking things. They are in fact closely related to the banana, but need to be cooked to be edible. They manage to be sweet and savory at the same time, and can do double duty both as breakfast and as a side dish.
Fortunately, frying up a mess of plaintains is quick, simple, and super-yummy. You want the outside to be black all over and soft. If they're mostly yellow when you buy them, just let them sit out on top of your microwave for a couple of weeks until they ripen. When they're ripe, they'll peel like a banana. Cut them into slices and fry in about half olive oil and half butter, until golden-brown on both sides. Sprinkle a little sea salt on top and enjoy.