Guilty Pleasure

27 Jul

DSC_7931Not once, but twice, I was recently served bananas in a savory dish purported to be made with plantains. I was so disappointed to taste the cloying sweetness of a cooked banana when I was hoping for an exotic starch. I decided I needed to buy a plantain and cook it myself.

The only way I have ever eaten plantains were the plantain chips I had when visiting my folks and sister when they were living in Panama. So when I brought home this green banana-on-steroids fruit it sat in my kitchen for a few days while I pondered what to do with it. Last night I began searching for recipes online. It was then that I learned that plantains taste blandish and starchy when they are green but turn sweetish when they turn yellow. Yikes! My plantain was halfway between green and yellow. I wanted to cook it up before it got too sweet.

I opted for a traditional Latino dish called tostones. I followed this recipe and they turned out great. And guess what? They tasted like a homemade version of the plantain chips I so loved to eat during my visits to Panama. Since they were deep fried in oil, tostones will not become a regular treat and my search for plantain recipes will continue.

But today they were a welcome guilty pleasure.

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2 Responses to “Guilty Pleasure”

  1. Domenica July 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    That photo is mouthwatering!

  2. Lenora Genovese July 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    thank you!

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