You are going to love me. Or maybe you are going to hate me. Probably you will love me and then hate me. I have been addicted to plantains for the last several months. For real… caramelized plantains are as addictive as crack… but MUCH safer. I’m probably exaggerating about plantains being as addictive as crack… you should know that I’ve never tried crack… so I’m really not qualified to make that statement.
It’s unfortunate that I’m not a better photographer… because these babies are truly a thing of beauty.
Let me give you a word of advice, though. DO NOT MAKE THESE WHEN YOU ARE HOME ALONE. Don’t do it… no matter how tempting! These should be shared. Otherwise you will not be able to control yourself… this I do know from experience. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- 2 ripe plantains (should be kind of soft to the touch and turning black)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
Here’s what you do:
- Heat coconut oil or butter over medium heat in a large pan (or you could work in batches).
- Peel and slice plantains.
- Add plantains in a single layer (it’s okay if they overlap).
- Allow plantains to cook over medium heat until they start to brown.
- Stir them around to flip them over and brown the other side.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt.
- Reduce heat and add maple syrup if desired.
- Cook for a few more minutes until the syrup and oil (or butter) caramelize.