Garlic Smashed Plantains

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This post will start a new series of post of foods that can be made from plantains.  I have found plantains to be a very versatile fruit/vegetable. It lends well for side dishes and also for desserts. For side dishes, I use the green/raw fruits and for desserts either ripe or overripe fruits.

This here is not really a recipe but more of my method of preparing the dish.  It all starts with the bunch of plantains:

For the garlic mashed plantains, pick all the green ones and boil them in their skin like potatoes for 30 – 45 minutes, depending how skinny or fat their are.  We will cook them some more before eating, hence it would not be a problem if they are slightly undercooked.  This step can be done a day or two earlier and cooked plantains can be refrigerated until ready for use.  In fact, I usually boil a big pot of them at once, so that I have them ready to make a dish when ever I want. I have stored boiled plantains in the refrigerator for a week or more and have found no problem using them.

For mashed plantains, for two people, here are the steps:

  • Take as few as 2-3 garlic cloves or as much as half a garlic, clean, cut to pieces and simmer in cooking oil while preparing the plantains.
  • Take 4 cooked plantains, peel them, cut them to small pieces and put them in the pot on the stove top, almost cover them with milk and get the milk to simmer and simmer them for few minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, any other spices you like in your smashed potatoes, add the roasted garlic and as much or as little of the cooking oil as you want to the plantain mix. The oil will have slight garlicky flavor. Once cooled it is great for salad  dressings or cooking other veggies. It should not go to waste even  if you do not want rich smashed plantains.
  • Turn of the heat and smash everything, as you would your smashed potatoes.

And that’s it. You have a wonderfully flavorful, healthy (plantains are really good for you, better than potatoes) and easy side dish to impress yourself, your family and friends. Bet, if you do not tell, they will not even know it is not potatoes :)

 

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