I like trying new things in the kitchen-so this latest project from Walmart was especially fun for me! Have you ever tried Plantains?
Plantians look like bananas, but don’t be fooled~and don’t try to eat them raw. These interesting vegetables are high in vitamins A & C and have 4G of fiber per servings. Not only that, but they have multiple personalities! When they are picked green, they are starchy and used like a potato and fried. If they ripen to yellow they start to have a sweeter flavor and are best grilled, and if you let them go to black then they are more fruit-like and great in baking!
I know, it seems like a lot to remember-but the folks at Chiquita are making it easier on us. Starting in August all the Chiquita plantains at Walmart will have special stickers to let you know how to use them:
“If I’m green, fry me. If I’m yellow, grill me. If I’m black, bake me.”
I got the opportunity to go out and buy a few plantains and then try a few recipes back at the Frugal Village Homestead. (note: not all Walmarts carry plantains, so check your local store)
Now this isn’t my first time every eating plantains. Back when Princess was first born and Yankee Bill was still in the service and away for training I was invited by one of my NCO’s~SSG Martinez~ to a New Years Eve party. The Martinez family is Puerto Rican, and they had a lot of traditional dishes, including a big dish full of a mix of plantians, onions and I think chicken livers. I can’t remember what it was called, but I do remember that it was good!
For my own recipe, I didn’t feel up to trying anything with chicken livers–so I checked out the Chiquita website for plantain recipes. I decided to try the Tostones appetizer to use my green plantains.
First I peeled my plantain. This was NOT as easy as peeling a banana. They peels are much more fiberous and sort of thick and hard. I needed to use a knife to cut the ends off and then a long slit all the way down, then was able to take off the peel in chunks with my fingers and knife:
I was surprised at how solid the plantains were-again, completely unlike a banana. The texture reminded me more of a raw sweet potato. In this picture I am actually squeezing as hard as I can with my finger and thumb-and you can see it doesn’t dent the plantain at all:
Since I had also grabbed a few yellow plantains, I decided I needed to try grilling them. Again-the Chiquita website had simple Ripe Grilled Plantain instructions.
So what do you think? Have you ever tried plantains? I’d love to hear your favorite ways to eat them!
- 2 whole Green Chiquita Plantains
- 2 cups Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Your Choice of Topping - salsa, pulled chicken, avocado etc
- Heat oil on medium high.
- Slice into 1 1/2 inch sections
- Cook pieces for about one minute, turning to brown evenly.
- Place cut-side-up on a piece of wax paper. Top with another piece.
- Press down and flatten plantain with the bottom of a pot or other flat surface
- Cook flattened plantain in hot oil for two minutes or until they turn golden.
- Sprinkle with salt & serve.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored review I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.