Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Plantains are the 'other' bananas; same family of fruit, but with a different texture and sweetness. Common bananas can be eaten raw and are considered sweet where a plantain needs to be cooked and is more starchy, which makes it good to fry for chips. One form of Plantain chip that can be found in Latin restaurants is the popular Tostones from Cuba, which are fried, pounded and fried again 'till crisp. This is good chip that you can make at home by slicing long thin strips and frying in hot vegetable oil. You will need firm, green plantains which after peeling have to be sliced thinly with a mandolin or other slicer. Next they go into hot 350F oil to fry 'till crisp, simply drained, salted and you are ready to eat a good alternative to potato chips.