If you’ve never had a plantain before, now might be the time to start!
This South American and Caribbean staple has been making serious foodie inroads, probably because anyone who tastes it loves it immediately!
Mild and pleasantly crunchy when cooked, these green fruits are savory cousins to the everyday banana, and taste downright scrumptious as simple chips with dip or as a snack.
The food lovers at LittleThings are experimenting with another application: swapping out boring bread in favor of deliciously toasty smashed plantains!
Bread can be tasty — as we saw with this yummy pull-apart bread — but it doesn’t have the rich potassium of a plantain, and it just can’t beat the plantain for crave-worthy crispy texture.
So next time you reach for a loaf of bland white bread, take a pause and consider frying up some plantains instead!
Our favorite new recipe piles steak and guacamole on plantains for the steak sandwich you never knew you needed.
Check out the recipe below to give this scrumptious meal a try!
- 4 plantains, halved
1⁄2white onion, sliced
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
1⁄2tsps. cayenne pepper
1⁄2tsps. black pepper 1⁄2tsp. salt 1⁄2lb. thin-cut steak
- guacamole, lettuce, and sliced tomato, to garnish
- vegetable oil, for frying
- Fry plantains 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden yellow.
- Place fried plantain chunks on cutting board, and press under second cutting board until flat.
- Heat onions until translucent and mix in garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt.
- Lay steak on top of onions and cook until both sides reach desired doneness.
- Using smashed plantains as the base, layer guacamole, steak, onions, tomato, and lettuce, then top with more plantain.
- Serve and enjoy!
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