Cooking with plantains is an easy way to switch up your starchy sides. They look like bigger versions of bananas that are harder to open. But, once you get inside, the fruit is slightly sweet with a starchy texture that works well when fried, roasted, sautéed or baked. Here, our best recipes.
Plantain and Goat Cheese Gorditas
These crispy, cheese-stuffed bites are the kind of Mexican comfort food chef Sue Torres cooks. "You can stuff the mashed plantains with lots of fun things, like chorizo, beans or shrimp," she says. The key to their success is finding ultraripe plantains, "so black and soft and sweet that you think you should throw them out." As with bananas, underripe plantains ripen more quickly when placed in a paper bag. More Mexican Recipes
Plantain Chips with Chicken and Mojito Mango Salsa
Plantain chips are great with chicken and salsa, but tortilla chips can be a good substitute. Plus: More Chicken Recipes and Tips