Fried Plantains Side Dish

Raise your hands if you like side dishes that can double as a dessert! Me too...I have a major sweet tooth and fried plantains are the best for satisfying those cravings, especially when I don't have to wait until dessert to have them. 

Fried plantains are a favorite basically in any country they are grown. All the way from East and West Africa, down to Central and South America. You can serve them up with some rice and beans and be transported to a latin American beach somewhere. I mean, who doesn't want to do that? Serve some watermelon juice or mango slices on the side for even more of a treat. 

My first time having fried plantains was when I travelled down to Nicaragua for a week. Our team was sitting out on the plaza in Managua, listening to latin hip hop music and feasting on beans, rice, tacos and fried plantains while chatting and enjoying the nice weather. That week forever changed my life in more ways than one. I also learned that playing a prank on your best friend in a foreign country probably isn't the best idea. oops. Live and learn, right? 

Back to the subject, fried plantains. Good news for us is that they are not hard to make, nor do they take very long!

*Cue the Salsa music and the dancing* 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 plantains (ripe ones are best)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil 

I told y'all this would be easy! 

Directions: 

  1. Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. 
  2. Slice the plantains at an angle (see picture below). 
  3. Fry the plantain slices for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown. 
  4. Serve warm! (If you want them to be more dessert-like, sprinkle some brown sugar, cinnamon and honey on them for a nice little treat!.) 
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