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Chopped Grill Masters Part 4 (Did Aaaron Sanchez actually say that?)

"Plantain is actually a root vegetable"

I imagine he meant to have a "like" in there.

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  1. I didn't catch that, but I'm sure he had its culinary uses in mind, rather than its manner of growing.

    Did you catch the ICA episode - with plantains?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        The idea of making biscuits with some plantain puree is intriguing. I'll have to rewatch the show to see what form of puree Alex used ('verde' boiled, or 'maduro').

        1. re: paulj

          I just made a batch of platano biscuits, inspired by this ICA episode. I used a straightforward buttermilk biscuit dough, mixing in mashed platano at the time I added the liquid. I had a ripe platano, the kind I like to slice and fry. So I diced it, and fried it briefly before mashing.

          The biscuits were a bit more dense and moist than they would be without the platano, but with a bit of sweetnesss. The platano taste was not obvious. I suspect I would have gotten similar results with sweet potato puree, or a low moisture squash/pumpkin.

    1. I almost did a spit take when I heard that. Reinforces Aaron's position as the dumbest guy on TV. Well, after Tyler.

      But the old ladies at FN just love him.

      1. Count me as on the "aghast he said that" bus as well.

        Seriously, dude, they are not root vegetables but I understand they are cooked in similar ways.

        1. While it's kind of amusing to hear these cowboys act like a plaintain, tofu, or fennel is the weirdest thing ever, it's also kind of sad. I'd like to see in the finale that they make them do a vegetarian entree.

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          1. re: DGresh

            Yeah, that tofu reaction was totally over-the-top. Feel free to join the 1990s.

            1. re: DGresh

              I'm constantly amazed at people who are supposed to be professional cooks who say they've "never seen" a fairly common ingredient from the basket. The cowboy Kent was the most egregious example, with three, but it's not uncommon.

              Nonetheless, I'm glad he won as he seems to be pretty formidable and I'm looking forward to see what he can do in the final.

            2. Funny how Aaron Sanchez states that if he samples the under-done plaintain "seriously dude, I'm gonna hurl", yet he was cohost on a show called Heat Seekers where every week he ate ghost chiles slathered in habenero sauce, causing his face to swell like a sweaty Mr. Creosote from Monty Python. Ghost chile salsa - fine, bring it on. But a bite of raw plaintain - I want my mamma!