Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fried Plantain

Rose treated me to a great dessert today:  Fried Plantain!

Plantains are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is cooked before serving as it is unsuitable raw. It is used in many savory dishes somewhat like a potato would be used and is very popular in tropical countries. It is usually fried or baked. 

You can pick up plantain in the produce section of most grocery stores.  Just peel it, slice it lengthwise and fry it in some vegetable oil until it's a golden brown.  Serve it with a bit of butter or margarine and sprinkled with sugar or stevia for a perfect, not too sweet dessert or snack.

I remember buying fried plantain on a stick, coated with brown sugar from a street vendor in Zamboanga City.  "Banana-que" is what they called it.