Oven Baked "Fried" Plantains
The first few times that I attempted to make plantains, they ended up stuck to the pan, too dry or not soft enough. I even tried to make them on the grill and they ended up BURNT to a crisp. I'm talking about black on the bottom and still yellow and pretty on top. An absolute disaster. Anyway, I had to figure out how to solve two issues. 1. Not having them stick to the bottom of the pan and 2. Making sure that they were soft, but not burnt.
When dealing with sticky foods or baking, parchment paper is my friend. My best friend. It NEVER lets me down, so this is how I solved issue #1. Bake them on parchment paper. It is a known fact that plantains/bananas become softer on the inside and darker/spotty on the outside as they start to ripen. Soooo this was my solution to issue #2. USE A REALLY RIPE PLANTAIN. Duh! I don't know why I didn't figure this out from the get go, but I'm sure glad that I did! Now I buy plantains days ahead of time to allow them ample time to get nice and black/spotty.
Oven Baked “Fried” Plantains
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
1 Really Ripe Plantain
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Slice plantain at an angle into about ¾ inch slices.
3. Place the slices into a small bowl and coat with coconut oil. Plantains should be coated in oil but not saturated in oil.
4. Gently move the slices around in the oil to make sure that all sides are covered.
5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet/pan in a single layer and not touching one another.
6. Cover sheet/pan with aluminum foil, secure the sides then poke three holes in the top of the foil.
7. Bake until nicely browned, slightly crispy and soft. BE SURE TO WATCH THEM AND TURN THEM FREQENTLY FOR EVEN BROWNING.
Serves 1.5 people
Side Note: Make sure that the plantain is nice a spotty, even black in certain spots. If you plantain isn’t ripe enough it will just brown on the outside while you cook it but it won’t be soft. 1 plantain is a bit much for one person, but not enough for two people, hence 1.5 people! LOL!
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