Lamb, Eggplant and Feta-Stuffed Plantains
Puerto Rican cooks often stuff baked plantains with ground beef. Instead, chef Jose Enrique likes to contrast the plantains' sweetness with a savory mix of lamb, eggplant, tomatoes and feta.
Plantain Chips with Chicken and Mojito Mango Salsa
Plantain chips are great with chicken and salsa, but tortilla chips can be a good substitute.
Fried Green Plantains
In this classic Latin American dish known as tostones, unripe plantains are sliced, smashed and fried twice, until golden.
Tostones: Savory Plantains
Learn how to fry plantains for perfect tostones.
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.
Crispy Fried Sweet Plantains
Cuban maduros, or fried sweet plantains, are an essential side at photographer Romulo Yanes’ table. The best are made with very ripe plantains, which have peels that are mostly black.