Plátanos maduros are made from ripe (black) plantain bananas, not to be confused with tostones which are made from green plantains. They are enjoyed in numerous ways; alongside fried eggs, drizzled with sour cream, over ice cream, sprinkled with cinnamon with black beans or rice.
I love to eat or should I say devour them with a splash of lime juice or a drizzle of agave. Warm plátanos maduros are pure comfort. Lightly fried the plantain slices caramelize around the edges, the texture becomes chewy and they are infused with an intoxicating rich golden color golden color. Pile them on a platter and share with friends and family. Or fry a batch and enjoy them alone as you watch your favorite novela, like I do.
Plátanos Maduros ~ A Simple Recipe
By Vianney Rodriguez of Sweet Life (Serves 2)
- 2 ripe plantain (skin will be black and/or yellow)
- Canola oil
- lime wedges, honey or agave
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- In a skillet over medium heat add oil, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Cut the end of each plantain and peel off skin. Slice into ½ inch thick slices.
- Lightly fry until edges are golden brown. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain.
- Keep warm in oven and continue to fry the remaining slices. Serve warm with lime wedges, honey or agave.