Have you ever tried a plantain? I used to be intimidated by them and now I absolutely love them and love showing people how easy they are to prepare.
Plantains are a very close relative to the banana but they contain less sugar and are typically eaten cooked. They contain high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Potassium and are very beneficial to the digestive tract. They contain a good amount of dietary fiber and also are a good source resistance starch which is a wonderful prebiotic food that probiotics feed off of. Prebiotics can help good bacteria in the gut flourish to help give you a more beneficial ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut.
Theyre also super yummy too! And I cant emphasize enoug how darn easy they are to make. You can eat them plain, with ketchup or you can pair them with a yummy dip (here I have them paired with my Five Minute Guacamole)
So heres how to make them.
Firstly, you have to find a plantain that is perfectly ripe. If its too green and hard, it wont peel and will definitely not taste good. You have to find one that is no longer super green, not too hard (should be soft to touch) and you can easily manage to remove the peel with just a few cuts of a knife. Just like a banana, you can leave a plantain on your countertop for a few days until its ripe and ready to be cooked.
This is how easy they are to cook up and they taste so delicious!
1 ripe plantain
ghee, coconut oi or any other cooking oil you prefer
just as a side note, I think these turn out best when fried in a cast-iron skillet
Make sure your plantain is soft and ripe and that the peel can be removed easily.
Cut off the two tips with a knife.
Make one large slit down the length of the plantain and then begin to remove all the peels.
Cut your plantain into 1/2 inch thick circular discs or chips.
In a cast iron skillet, heat up some cooking oil over medium heat. I usually use ghee or coconut oil.
Once the oil is hot, add the plantains. Fry them in batches for about 3-4 minutes on each or until each side is slightly browned and crispy.
Serve alone or with your favorite dip.