Fried Sweet Plantains (Maduros)

Serves 4 (side dish)

Of course fried plantains are a staple of Carribean cooking and their use in Cuban cooking shows the perfect marriage of Hispanic and Carribean cuisine in Cuban households. For this great and satisying side dish be sure to use very ripe plantains for sweetness.

What you’ll need
  • Two large very ripe plantains

  • 4 fl oz vegetable oil

Method
  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a large nonstick frying pan

  • Peel the plantains by trimming the ends, slicing just through the skin down one side, and removing the peel. Cut into angled slices approximately 1-1 1/2″ thick.

  • Place the plantains into your pan close together, but not touching, and cook for about two minutes per side, until they are soft.

  • Reduce the heat to medium low, and cook an additional 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally until uniformly golden brown. The colour comes from the sugar caramelising as the plantains cook.

  • Place on a paper-towel lined plate briefly to drain and serve immediately. Enjoy!