Ask AvartsyCooking: What else can you make with Plantains?
Our second Ask AvartsyCooking inquiry this week is courtesy of Ayodeji from London who just received a windfall in the form of plantains and would like to know what else he can make with them apart from fried and boiled plantains. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, send your question to email@example.com.
Quick question, do you know any dishes that feature plantain as the main ingredient in the dish as opposed to just boiling, frying or baking as a side dish to some other dish? We happen to have A LOT of plantains in the house at the moment (a lovely guest came around and dropped the very generous gift) and I’m not entirely sure of what to do with them.
It would be nice to know you and your readers thoughts ;)
Have a nice day
My answer~ The first thing that comes to mind is Plantain Porridge, which has a similar cooking process to Ikokore or Asaro (yam porridge). The only thing is you need to make that with unripe plantains which are still green. However, you neglected to mention if your plantain windfall was green or yellow (ripe or unripe)!
You can make Plantain Porridge with either just unripe or mostly unripe and some ripe. If your plantains are mostly yellow, you can make mashed plantains, which will have a similar cooking process to mashed potatoes, just skipping the milk, cream etc and perhaps using some stock or the water from boiling the plantains to smooth/thin it out a bit.
There is also a Puerto Rican dish called Mofongo (I saw this on a cooking show a couple of years back and meant to try it) made from unripe plantains and garlic. (I linked to a good recipe I googled.)
Should your plantains get too soft before you can finish cooking them all up, you could use them in place of bananas and make Plantain bread, same process as for making banana bread! Make them in cupcake pans for extra effizi!
Dearest readers, please help Ayodeji and share your suggestions in the comments section!