Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Side of Plantains

I amazed at how cheap plantains are here in Grenada.  They make the best dessert but also the best savory side dish since they have the right starch content, consistency, and sweetness (unlike a banana that's too mushy to cook with).  Here's an easy, quick, cheap, and delicious side that would go great with almost any entree (try pairing with bacon and chicken dishes, along with black beans). 

1tbs oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cajun seasoning
2 small ripe plantains sliced (~1lb)
1 small onion cubed 1/2''
1/2 large red bell pepper cubed 1''
a big splash of lime juice
1/2 cup frozen okra for okra lovers (optional)

1. Heat non stick pan under medium high heat.  Add oil.
2. wait until oil is very hot. add onions and stir fry until translucent.
3.  add bell peppers. cook to desired consistency.
2. Add plantains and seasonings. toss to coat then lay in an even layer. cook until both sides of plantains have browned.  Turn off heat and add lime juice. Toss to coat and transfer to a bowl.

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