Plátanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Plátanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains)


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


Well, I'm down to the last plantains post!  If you have ever had Plátanos Maduros at a Cuban restaurant, you might just agree that I saved the best for last.  :)  I do love the Tostones (Fried Green Plantains) from last week, but there's a reason why everyone eyes the last Cuban plantain at the table...  Yes, these are sweet, but they are commonly served as a side dish.  In fact, they go wonderfully with my favorite Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, hint hint.

If you thought last week's recipe was easy, this one is even easier.  REALLY.  Just make sure to check out my tips for picking and prepping plantains to make sure you get just the right plantain for this recipe.  By far, the hardest part is going to the grocery store.  I promise!


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish



Plátanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains)
Adapted from Three Guys From Miami




Ingredients
  • 3 large ripe plantains  (check this post for tips)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil  (to cover half the thickness of plantains in the pan)


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish



Directions

1.  Peel and bias cut (diagonal) into one-inch thick slices.


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


2.  Heat the oil on medium-high.

3.  Fry the pieces, about a minute or two per side.

4.  Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, turning occasionally until the edges of each slice are slightly dark and caramelized.


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


Note: Some people like to lightly roll the plantains in white or brown sugar before frying for a very sweet plantain.  I tried this and it's like dessert!


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


5.  Remove the fried plantains, and place on paper towels to soak up excess oil for just a few seconds then transfer to a holding plate.  They stick if you leave them on the paper towel, so if I want to remove more oil, I just use a paper towel to blot carefully.


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


6.  Serve immediately!


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


On the plate above, I served it on the side of some ropa vieja, white rice, and bell peppers.  Typically, I use avocado slices, but I just happened to run out.  Love the stuff!  It doesn't matter though, because everyone's favorite side are those fried plantains and I made plenty to spare this time.  :)


Have you had plátanos maduros before?



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16 comments:

  1. Those look amazing! I may have had plantains once before, but it's been forever.

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  2. These have always seemed way too hard to make, but now I'm feeling like it's not impossible! Thanks for all the pictures too - they help a ton!

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  3. Great! They really are so much easier than you would think, right? Enjoy! :)

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  4. Ahhhh! These look so, so good! I need to find plantains! I haven't had any since my service trip to the Dominican! ;_;

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  5. Wow! I've never had those but they look delicious!

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  6. YUM YUM YUM this recipe makes me want to go out back and grab a few plantains from my tree! We have an abundance of these and while I love the starchy and salty plantains, I LOVE EVEN more using the Maduros! So yummy! So good to do a dessert flambé with also! Thanks!

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  7. I`ve never tasted plantains before. It looks really good.

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  8. Wow, you're so lucky you have a plantain tree!!! And I'm also more of a sweet plantain gal myself. :)

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  9. Cuban food is so good and these look delish!

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  10. YUM! I love Cuban food. We've done grilled platanos on the BBQ but this is something I'll have to try!

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  11. MMMmmm. You're pictures reminds me of this amazing Venezuelan restaurant I used to go to in Seattle. Makes me miss it up there! I will have to try this!!

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  12. Your Plantains look fabulous, we will love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious dessert with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!

    Miz Helen

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  13. I've never had these before and those look fantastic!! Thank you for sharing with Friday Favorites, we love having you join us!

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  14. These sound so delicious! YUM!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  15. I hope it brings back good memories!

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  16. I've never tried plantains, these look yummy. Thanks for posting. Hello from Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

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