Monday, March 12, 2018

Fried Plantains with Chipotle Pineapple Guacamole Dip


Whenever I'm on any sort of tropical vacation, I look forward to finding plantains on the menu. And while they are readily available at our grocery stores, I often forget to use them (which is sad because they are so tasty!). Plantains look like bananas but they are almost always cooked before they are eaten. Lightly frying them brings our their natural sweetness and they get nice and caramelized on the outside. I like finishing them with a little salt and agave (or honey) to create the perfect sweet and salty combo. And serving them with this guacamole dip adds another layer of sweet and spicy flavor. Pair this with chips and salsa and start your next party off right!




1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add plantains and cook for 1 minute per side, or until golden brown and lightly crisp. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.





2. Place avocado in a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the remaining guacamole ingredients and stir to combine. Transfer to a serving dish.



3. Place fried plantains on a serving platter and drizzle with agave nectar. Serve guacamole on the side for dipping.





Fried Plantains with Chipotle Pineapple Guacamole Dip
Serves 6

All you need:
4 ripe plantains, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 cup vegetable or grapeseed oil, for frying
Kosher salt and agave nectar, for finishing

Guacamole
2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
Juice of 2 limes

All you do:
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add plantains and cook for 1 minute per side, or until golden brown and lightly crisp. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.
2. Place avocado in a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the remaining guacamole ingredients and stir to combine. Transfer to a serving dish.
3. Place fried plantains on a serving platter and drizzle with agave nectar. Serve guacamole on the side for dipping.

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