I just found this recipe from Alton Brown-I thought these had to be fried, but I am glad I searched first, He is showing a couple steps process here.
- 4 servings as a side dish
- 2 cups water
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil
- 2 green plantains
DirectionsCombine water, garlic and salt in medium size glass bowl and set aside.
In a large (12-inch) saute pan, heat oil to 325 degrees F. Peel plantains and slice crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Carefully add plantains to oil and fry until golden yellow in color, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. (The oil should come halfway up the side of the plantain). With a spider or slotted spoon, remove the plantains from the pan and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, standing them on their ends. With the back of a wide, wooden spatula, press each piece of plantain down to half its original size. Then place the plantains in the water and let soak for 1 minute. Remove and pat dry with a tea towel to remove excess water.
Bring oil back up to 325 degrees F and return plantains to pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a dish lined with paper towels, and sprinkle with salt, if desired. Serve immediately.
Patrick said he tried these plantains in Panama, I found this link for recipes from Panama, using the plantains http://www.angelfire.com/tx/CZAngelsSpace/PlantainRecipes.html
I also found these recipes from Puerto Rico: http://www.dollarman.com/puertorico/plantainrecipes.html
The photo above is grilled plantain from Cooking Light, I searched and found the recipe to go with the photo-lol
3 soft black plantains, unpeeled (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 lime wedges
Prepare grill to medium heat.
Cut plantains in half lengthwise. Cut plantain halves in half crosswise. Combine butter, sugar, and pepper; brush evenly over cut sides of plantain sections.
Place plantain sections, cut sides up, on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 7 minutes or until flesh is soft and skins begin to pull away from the flesh. Turn plantain sections over; grill 3 minutes. Serve warm with lime wedges.
I like grilled better than fried-I think I may try this recipe once the weather gets off these 100s