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Mama’s Kitchen: Plátanos Maduros (Fried Sweet Plantains)

madurosLast week I shared the recipe to Mexican Grilled corn – one of my favorite dishes at Cafe Habana.  Well, this week, I’m sharing the recipe for Plátanos Maduros (Fried Sweet Plantains) also another favorite from Cafe Habana.  It’s super simple to make but the key is to use plantains that are very ripe and sweet.  You’ll want to select plantains that are almost black.  The first time I made this dish the plantains were not ripe enough and they were hard.  When they are very dark they get softer and sweeter.  The natural sugar allows for carmelization, also known as deliciousness.  Since I only go to Cafe Habana when I’m in NY I can have a little taste of it at home.


3 Plantains, very ripe, peeled and cut on the diagonal into 1 inch slices
Frying oil

1. Pour enough oil in the pan to coat the bottom and to cover half the thickness of the sliced plantains.
2. Over medium heat, when the oil is hot add the plantains. Cook over medium heat on each side for about 2 minutes.
3. Lower the heat to low and keep cooking, turning every so often until the plantains are carmelized.

That’s it – so easy. Buon Appetito!

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One Response to “Mama’s Kitchen: Plátanos Maduros (Fried Sweet Plantains)”

  1. Shawn says:

    For plantains done right, you need to hit any one of the hundreds of Cuban Cafés in Miami. Also, they make some to-die-for tostones with either beef or shrimp. Really good food from the tropics. Keep in mind,, most Cuban people do not care for anything spicy hot, as their tastes are more island style than Hispanic style. This makes me miss Hialeah, Fla now.


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