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)
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.