- Dish type
- Side dish
Green plantains taste like potatoes! This will surprise your family - any potato lover is sure to love this! You can serve these as a side dish or starter. They also make a good vegetarian main!
4 people made this
- 5 whole green plantains, unpeeled
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 300g ricotta, mild feta or queso fresco, cut into 1cm cubes
- 950ml vegetable oil for frying
MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:1hr20min ›Ready in:1hr35min
- Bring the whole plantains with enough water to cover to the boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the plantains are tender and the skins have cracked, about 45 minutes. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 190 C / Gas 5.
- Peel the plantains and mash with the salt and pepper until no lumps remain. Roll the mashed plantain into 3 tablespoon size balls around a cube of cheese. Cook the plantain fritters in the hot oil in batches until they are golden brown and float to the surface, about 5 minutes. Move the plantain fritters around as they cook to ensure they brown evenly. Drain the cooked plantain balls on a kitchen roll-lined plate to cool slightly.
Queso fresco - used in many Mexican dishes - is Spanish for 'fresh cheese' and can be hard to find in the UK. Mild feta cheese is a good substitute.
You can find green plantains in African or Caribbean shops, and in some larger supermarkets.
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Reviews in English (3)
This is a good recipe. Just a few modifications: since queso fresco does not melt, I will probably use a different cheese next time (maybe Monterrey cubes or even pepperjack). Also, make sure to reserve some of the water from boiling the plantains to add to when mashing, otherwise they are too dry and will crumble when molding into balls. Finally, if you are a garlic lover you can add a couple of pressed cloves or some garlic powder when mashing, it will enhance the flavor. Serve with avocado and some sewed meat and presto!-19 Mar 2010
I really liked this idea and the finished product was good. It could have been my lack of cooking ability that led to them being so greasy and falling apart and it seemed like it needed one more flavor that I could not determine. The next time I cook these, I think I will try adding a little oil to the plantain mix and cook it in the oven. I haven't been able to think of the other flavor I would like to add.-16 Apr 2015