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20 Plátano Recipes That Will Make You Rethink Tostones

Growing up Caribbean meant growing up with a pile of green plantains on your kitchen counter. Platanos are a staple in traditional Caribbean cooking. Keep them green and they make deliciously savory dishes. Let them get yellow/brown and soft and they are sweet and soft. They are one of the greatest foods from Latin America.

Here are some traditional and innovative ways to use our favorite starchy fruit.

Torta de Plátano Maduro (Plantain Cake)

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Try mixing plantains with another exceptional fruit guava and queso fresco for the ultimate dessert or side dish. You literally just have to mix fried plantains with guava paste, a spoonful of sugar, eggs, milk and cinnamon and bake like a cake.

Arañitas

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This is what happens when you grate a green plantain and fry it into fritters. Boricua style involves all the garlic and pepper you can find.

Canoa de Plátano Maduro

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Fun fact: The greener your plantain is, the more starchy it will be. Once it starts to brown, those starches start converting into sugars, which make them perfect for sweet tooths. This recipe is easy.

Preheat your oven, make some picadillo, slice a brown plantain lengthwise, stuff and bake. It’s sweet and salty.

Arepas de Plátano Verde

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Venezuelan arepas are usually made with masa. However, if you use some plátanos verdes you have a totally different feel and flavor palate. Totally worth it if you have some time.

Arroz de Pajarito (Rice with Ripe Plantain)

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Take this recipe with you to college. Anyone can make it, and it’s the ultimate comfort food, especially if you made your rice lime-cilantro style. You can thank us later for this suggestion. You’ll be the hit of any pot luck.

Aborrajados Colombianos

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 OK, amigos, listen carefully. To make this traditional Colombian receta, you’re going to make a cheese tostone sandwich, and then dip the sandwiches into a batter of 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons milk. Then fry otra vez and enjoy!

Mangú

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You can always keep it simple. Mangú is puréed plátanos verdes, and is a traditional Dominican dish. Serve it up with some fried salami and fried queso and you are in business.

Mofongo

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Puerto Ricans go loco for mofongo. It’s made of fried green plantains that are mashed with all the garlic and oil. Then you add chicharrón and drench it in a broth.

Boronia (Colombian Mashed Eggplant and Plantain)

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Similar to mangú or mofongo, boronia is made with mashed eggplant. Sure, eggplant might be a very divisive and misunderstood vegetable, but this might be the way you like it.

Tamales

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It’s a Caribbean tamal. You probably didn’t know that these existed but plantains can do anything. Mash it up and wrap in a banana leaf and it’s basically the same thing.

Empanadas

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Oh yeah, you can also use plantinas as empanada dough. You can stuff anything you want inside a plantain and the result will be amazing. Name anything sweet or savory. Try me.

Plantain Pizza

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Let it be known that I made this pizza. Screw cauliflower crust you guys. This is a grain-free work of art. Basically just make mangú, add a couple spoonfuls of coconut flour and you’ve got yourself a pizza dough.

Jibarito

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Say bye to bread forever. Unless we’re talking about Cuban bread because I can’t leave that behind. Tbh, plantains have so much more flavor than any other white bread could even pretend to have. Go with it.

Plantain Lasagna

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Just fry your plátanos verdes in strips, assemble your lasagna and bake. This will throw everyone for a loop with all of the amazing flavors and textures rolled into one.

Piononos

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The cutest plantains have ever looked. All you do is slice a plantain very thinly, roll it with a slice of ham and cheese and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Done and delicious.

Plantain Cups

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If you don’t want to dip them, you can make tostones in a cupcake sheet and fill them with your favorite things. You can stuff these with rice, beans, gaucamole, etc. How delicious does this sound?

Aguají

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Fry your plantains as usual and then enjoy it in the most garlicky, green oniony broth you can find. Golden spoons mandatory.

Coconut Plantain Mini Cakes

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You don’t need to add any sugar to this naturally sweet tropical fruit based cupcake. Más o menos, you make magú, add a good amount of coconut flour, baking powder and shredded coconut along with some coconut milk to make this grain-free muffin made entirely of fruit.

That’s health right there.

Torta de Maduro

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We’re talking more queso y maduro combos here. Your maduros should be almost black they’re so ripe. While this looks like a fresh take on plátanos, it actually hails from El Valle de Colombia. Go get yourself 5 ripe, mashed plantains, 2 cups grated mozzarella, 3 beaten eggs, 1/4 cup milk, a few tablespoons of brown sugar, melted butter and a dash of cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder.

Mix it all together and bake for 50 minutes at 350.

Mala Rabia

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This is not naturally sweetened. Your terrible rage will either settle or spark after eating this sweet potato, plantain, guava dessert, all served in a light syrup.


READ: Tamales And Conchas And Platanos. Here’s The Most Delicious Gift List

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning everyone against “Hispanic-style” cheeses linked to a listeria outbreak. The latest food outbreak is attacking one of the most sacred things in our diets and people have a lot of opinions.

Listeria has been detected in “Hispanic-style” cheeses, according to the CDC.

According to a warning from the CDC, listeria has been detected in what they are calling “Hispanic-style” cheeses. This means that people should avoid queso fresco and queso blanco. The source of the outbreak is being tracked and there is some understanding about where the outbreak is coming from.

The CDC recommends that people avoid these cheeses right now and to make sure that the cheeses they buy are made from “pasteurized milk.” Listeria is a serious illness for the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people.

The CDC reports that Connecticut officials have found Listeria in some El Abuelito queso fresco. The cheese was purchased from a supermarket in the area where a patient purchased “Hispanic-style” cheese. The outbreak seems to be concentrated in the Northeastern United States and has impacted four states.

Seven people have been hospitalized because of the Listeria outbreak.

The announcement is a very personal attack for a lot of people. Queso fresco and queso blanco are very important for a lot of dishes in our cuisine and to go without, during Lent and Covid, is asking a lot of us.

People are kind of irked that the CDC didn’t use a different phrase to talk about the cheese.

We get that technically the cheese is in Spanish and that it is more commonly used in Latino food. However, the cheeses have names that can be used. Sure, there was no idea of the brand but would it really be that hard to say “queso fresco and queso blanco”?

At least it would have prevented other people from having to answer other people’s questions.

It’s called efficiency. Some news outlets were sharing images of yellow queso dip because it is also technically a “Hispanic-style” cheese but it not the cheese in question.

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