July 21, 2012


So there are a butt load of plantains in the grocery stores here. I think it's because of the warmer climate. And I have been really tempted to try and cook with them--they are only 69 cents a pound!

I decided to make fried plantains and pair black beans with them. I had the black beans on hand, and I thought that this would count as the protein. Even though frying something in a pan sounded really difficult, it actually was really easy, and something that I would definitely do again.

This was such a delicious meal. The plantains turned out starchy and salty, while the beans were sweet. Very easy, and this probably cost me $3 total to feed two people and have one meal of leftovers. 

Fried Plantains and Black Beans
-2 plantains with a somewhat yellowish color
-2 cups canola oil
-one can seasoned black beans
-1/3 onion
-1/3 cup of sugar

1. Start by heating your oil in a skillet. Make sure it reaches 350 degrees. 
2. Remove the peel of the plantains, and slice them on a diagonal, I found the best tasting slices were about 1/2 inch thick. 
3. Place the slices in the oil until they are a golden brown color. Then flip them. This should only take about a minute on each side. Drain the excess oil on a plate covered with paper towel. 
4. Chop the onion into small sections and add it to the can of beans.
5. Bring the bean and onion mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir.  

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