Another must Haitian food: the fried plantain “banan peze”… this dish is so easy and quick to prepare that not to try it at least once in a lifetime is unthinkable…
SIMPLE, EASY AND DELICIOUS
Another thing I love with the preparation of fried plantain in addition to the fact that it is easy to do, is how quick everything is prepared. Especially if you own a deep fryer. The real hard part, in my opinion, is to peel the plantains.
Once the plantains are peeled and cut, all that’s left is to cook the slices in the oil.
The best way to do it, and the only one I know, is to fry the plantain slices in two steps.
When I did this recipe, my partner just kept eating them as I wanted to take pictures for the website. Fortunately, I had time to take this picture before the plate got emptied.
THE TWO COOKING STEPS
Cook a first time in oil over medium-low heat to soften the flesh of the banana and give it a little color.
Cook them a second time after flattening the plantains, either using a plantain smasher, a plate, a large knife, or a cutting board, etc. Then soak them quickly in a bowl of salt water.
In less than 30 minutes you should be able to taste this crunchy treat as an appetizer or to accompany your favorite dish.
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2-3 green plantains cut in pieces
- fryer or vegetable oil for cooking
- Prepare a large bowl of salt water
- Peel the plantains (for some unknown reason peeling plantains under running water makes the task much easier)
- Cut the plantains at an angle approximately 4 to 5 pieces per plantain
- First Step
- On medium heat, cook the pieces of plantains during approximatively 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, flatten them and reserve.
- Second Step
- Set the heat to high or medium high
- Using tongs, take the flattened plantains, soak them quickly in the salty water bowl, drain them and then plunge them into the hot oil