Haitian Fried Green Plantains(Bannann Peze)

Plantains are a staple in pretty much every Haitian meal. The most common method of cooking plantains is frying them which can be served as an appetizer or a side dish.
Fried plantains are usually served with other fried meats such as pork, chicken and goat. Here is a basic recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Green Plantains
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tostonera (Plantain Press)
  • 1 cup(s) Hot Water

Instructions: 

Heat Oil on medium high heat in a deep fryer or frying pan Peel plantains and angle cut each one into 5 equal piecesIn a bowl add the hot water, vinegar, salt and set asideLightly brown the plantains in the oil (Approximately 5 min) 

Remove the plantains from the oil and flatten each plantain using the tostonera.

Soak the flattened plantains in the hot water and carefully back in the oil for an additional 5 min.

Remove plantains from oil and place them on a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

I didn´t have a plantain press so I just used a plate to press the plantains flat. 
Serve hot!

This is what a plantain press looks like. There are so many different kinds. This is the most simple one, Who would have known there is a whole world out there with so many delicious and fancy dishes where you use the plantain. Here I just made the most simple one. And as varied as the dishes are also the presses in the Caribbean.

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