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.
- 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
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.
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.