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What to make with 2 plantains?

I have 2 semi-ripe plantains leftover from another dish I made last week. Any suggestions on how to use them?

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    1. re: Violatp

      I think they're too ripe for tostones:(

      1. re: Philly Ray

        My plantains aren't green anymore... Mostly yellow/brown so I'm not sure they would work for this. Looks yummy though!

        1. re: laytonj1

          Then you can slice them lengthwise, leave in the skin, top with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, then bake.

      2. Tostones involve more oil than I'm willing to fry in. I like to halve plantains lengthwise and fry them in coconut oil slowly, over medium heat, until they are tender. I use them as a side with pork or chicken.

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        1. re: greygarious

          That sounds simple and delicious. Plus I have coconut oil on hand since my husband and I are doing the Paleo diet. Thanks!

        2. Let them ripen until soft (or bake them in the skin for about 10min)and then slice them and fry them in butter and brown sugar. If this is not decadent enough, pour this mixture over ice cream. Plantains Foster esque,, I guess?

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          1. re: jill kibler

            Ripe plantains/platanos maduros carmelize well with just butter and oil and without adding sugar.

            1. re: Veggo

              yes - you have to watch them carefully and control the heat to keep them from burning!

              And are plenty sweet all by themselves with nothing added.

              1. re: sunshine842

                And as Jill mentions above, they go as well with vanilla ice cream as the customary beans and rice. I especially like them with huevos motulenos.

                1. re: Veggo

                  I have a hard time just getting them to the table. I have a very bad habit of eating them as soon as they're cool enough to pick up.

          2. Vietnamese banh chuoi or chuoi chien (banana/plantain cake or fried)

            1. Just made this last night from Bayless' Mexican Everyday. Get them super ripe (putting in a paper bag speeds up the process). Slice off each end, and slit down the middle on the inside curve. Grill or bake (450?). Cut in chunks, sprinkle with toasted pecans and drizzle with cajeta (a dolce de leche type sauce. Fabulous dessert.

              1. If you let them get really ripe, black, peel and puree. Then make a pie using your favorite pumpkin pie recipe and subbing the plantain for pumpkin.

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                1. re: Candy

                  *interesting* -- what does it taste like?

                2. Maduros maduros maduros. That's the only thing to make with plantains. Tostones are ok, but not like maduros maduros maduros. Here is best recipe, and make some picadillo to eat with them.

                  http://icuban.com/food/platanos_madur...

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                  1. re: Plukovnik

                    but unfortunately you can't make maduros with pintados...

                  2. Slice them lengthwise, remove the meat and mash them with some cream, stock, onions and bacon. Return the result to the skins for a decorative and fun sweet/savory side to any Caribbean/ South American dish.