I love plantains, especially sweet ones. I also love fried food but like to eat as healthy as possible. If I can combine these "loves" I know I have a winning recipe! This is a lower fat method of making "maduros" without frying in a pan. These sweet Oven Fried Plantains make a fabulous side dish that works beautifully with meat or spicy dishes, though you can alternatively treat it as a dessert. The trick to the success of these Oven Fried Plantains is to be sure to use extremely ripe plantains; the skin should be almost completely black, not just speckled.
|Oven Fried Plantains|
Ingredients: Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish
- 4 ripe plantains
- coconut oil; approximately 3 tablespoons which should be more than enough to coat the plantains
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- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel and discard the plantain skin.
- Slice each plantain, cross sectionally into three equal pieces. Then cut each cross section into three equal slices lengthwise.
- Place the slices into a small bowl and coat with coconut oil. Plantains should be coated in oil but not saturated.
- Gently move the slices around in the oil to make sure that all sides are covered.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or rimmed pan in a single layer, evenly spaced and not touching one another.
- Cover sheet/pan with aluminum foil, secure the sides then poke several holes in the top of the foil.
- Bake until nicely browned and slightly crispy and soft, approximately 8 minutes on each side, making sure to watch them and turn them frequently for even browning.