plantain fritas and a temporary goodbye

June 15, 2011
Who doesn't love plantains? And who doesn't love french fries?  The answer should be no one.  At least no one who still has all their marbles.
Plantains are amazing in my book because they happen to be yummy (duh) and super cheap! I'm able to get 4/$1 at my local produce market.  Even better, they're healthy!  Plantains are naturally high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C.  They actually have more potassium than bananas, which surprised the heck out of me.
Conversely, when you order plantains at a restaurant, they're usually fried and super greasy and are most likely served with creamy sauces which is not-so-healthy.  So since I've been craving french fries lately, I decided to make a healthy french fry of sorts using this starchy fruit.   I simply covered the slices with a bit of oil, cornmeal and spices and served with this ketchup.
When I put these little plantain fries in my mouth, I'm pretty sure I saw the light of heaven.

And p.s. If I could go back in time, I would have cut these "fries" in strips rather that coin-shaped slices.  Forgive me.  I'm a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.

Plantain Fritas
vegan, gluten-free
1 plantain, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash of garlic powder
dash of cumin
2 tablespoons coconut oil

  1. Peel and slice plantain into a small bowl.  
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil and pour over plantain slices.  Stir to make sure all slices are evenly coated.
  3. Separately, mix together corn meal with spices.  Add dry ingredients to the plantains and shake bowl until all well-coated.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Place slices on pan and let brown on each side (approximately 4 minutes per side.)
  5. Serve hot (with ketchup) and enjoy! 

And now I must bid you farewell for a moment as I make my cross-country move.

I'll be packing up the life I've made for myself for the past five years here on the East Coast and making my way back to Texas.  I'm anxious.  I'm scared.  I'm excited.  I can't wait to set up shop in Austin!  Therefore, I'll be taking a short hiatus to prepare, move and settle.  I'll see you in Texas! 


Sinful Sundays said...

Love plantains too! Although I never knew about its health benefits becuase in my culture we do dredge them in oil and fry them, lol.

Good luck on your move and hope everything good happens for you in Austin! :)

Juju@ said...

Wow, these plantains look so good! Thank you for sharing this, I'm sure my hubby will love it :)

I hope you have a safe and quick move to Texas!! Can't wait to hear back from you :)

Tina @flourtrader said...

I am sure you will love it here in Texas just as you did before. I love plantains and this looks like a healthier version of those crispy gems. thanks for sharing

Hester Casey - Alchemy said...

These look delicious. Even more irresistable than french fries.

Good luck with the move, Jess - looking forward to hearing all about Texas!

Rachel said...

Good luck with the move!! I recently moved to Dallas so I know what a process is, hope everything goes smoothly :)

Jerry said...

My goodness these plantains look so good. I never tried them this way before and look forward to this. Thanks for sharing!

Tina (PinayInTexas) said...

My first time here! Now following you from Foodbuzz!
Good luck on your move to Texas! Will be waiting for your next post...

Nippon Nin said...

Jess, I love fried foods so I certainly love this dish. I hope the relocation will go smoothly. Take care. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

athriftyfoodie said...

oh. wow. cannot WAIT to try these.

Ruth said...

These look amazing! I'm new to your blog but will be signing up!

Mindy said...

These look amazing. I always order the fried plantains at our favorite Cuban restaurant. I'm 'pinning' these so I can give them a try.

never three much! said...

These were really good! THanks for the great recipe :)

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