Thank you Chels for identifying this UFO! Hard to believe that something so unattractive could turn out so beautiful. The UFO in the previous post is a plantain. This South American fruit couldn’t be easier to prepare. It resembles a banana but has a different taste and texture than a regular banana. For starters they have a much more starchy taste and unlike a regular banana can’t be just peeled and eaten. They require a little love before you can enjoy. Because of the amount of starch they fry beautifully.
I prefer a darker plantain as they are a bit sweeter and have a softer texture. The peeling is not as pliable as a regular banana either. Slice off the very top and bottom and run a sharp knife through the skin and peel. Slice the plantain on a diagonal.
Next heat about 1/2″ of canola oil to about 325-350′. I use a shallow cast iron skillet as it has excellent heat conduction. They take only minutes on each side to brown.
Allow the fried plantains to drain on paper towel. Season simply with kosher salt and you’re ready to serve. Serve as a delicious side dish alongside Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce for an authenthic South American dinner.
Interesting and very delicious!
Have a great day!