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  • Plaintain Bananas

    ... What can I do with them?
    Are they actual bananas or another species? Curious but confused.

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    Plantains are members of the banana family. They are starchy while bananas are sweet. 179g has approximately 220 calories, 0.5g of fat, 57g of carbs (4g fiber, 10g sugar), and 2g of protein. They are really good if you grill them or you can fry them and make chips.
    Last edited by Paleo0731; 06-20-2013, 11:43 PM.

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    • #3
      I really like them if well-seasoned - some good recipes here: » plantain

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      • #4
        Amazingly timely. I've never had them, but yesterday I was watching an old rerun of Food(ography) and they showed a sandwich made with plantains as the bread.

        The cook/chef sliced each one in half lengthwise and then across (i.e. each plantain is sliced into fourths). Then deep fry them. Then press them in a tortilla press. Then he used those as the "bread" for the sandwiches. Now I totally want to try plantains.

        The video is here: Watch Food(ography) | Sandwiches online | Free | Hulu That sandwich starts at the 28 minute mark and the plantain prep starts at the 31 minute mark.
        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
          Amazingly timely. I've never had them, but yesterday I was watching an old rerun of Food(ography) and they showed a sandwich made with plantains as the bread.

          The cook/chef sliced each one in half lengthwise and then across (i.e. each plantain is sliced into fourths). Then deep fry them. Then press them in a tortilla press. Then he used those as the "bread" for the sandwiches. Now I totally want to try plantains.

          The video is here: Watch Food(ography) | Sandwiches online | Free | Hulu That sandwich starts at the 28 minute mark and the plantain prep starts at the 31 minute mark.
          Oh, wow - I was in the grocery store yday, staring at plantains, and I was wondering how I might be able to incorporate them into my cooking!

          Joanie, I can't get Hulu on my iPad, so I did some searching, and this is what I came up with after four minutes of binging under "pressed plantains".

          "Tostonera" - a plantain press!
          "Tostones" - the flattened, fried plantains
          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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          • #6
            I like them roasted in virgin coconut oil and sprinkled with cinnamon.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
              Oh, wow - I was in the grocery store yday, staring at plantains, and I was wondering how I might be able to incorporate them into my cooking!

              Joanie, I can't get Hulu on my iPad, so I did some searching, and this is what I came up with after four minutes of binging under "pressed plantains".

              "Tostonera" - a plantain press!
              "Tostones" - the flattened, fried plantains
              Cool - glad you found them. The one thing I miss on Primal is sandwiches. I thought I was making the ultimate sacrifice for my health when I gave up pizza, but it turns out it was sandwiches that were my love.

              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

              B*tch-lite

              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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              • #8
                I usually boil and mash with coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg. When they're green they behave a lot like russet potatoes.
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                • #9
                  Yellow ripe ones are great boiled into stews or braised with meats and vegetables.

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                  • #10
                    Let them get almost all black.

                    Peel and slice into 1/3-1/2" coins, dust with cinnamon. Cook slowly in coconut oil over med-low heat until browned and caramelized on both sides.

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                    • #11
                      I like grilling or roasting super-super ripe sweet (maduros) plantains. I do sometimes fry them. They are so easy to come by around here with all the bodegas on every corner.

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                      • #12
                        Make sure you pierce them or might explode, Roast them in oven , until soft & gooey.
                        Then I like to mash with coco oil & cinnamon or nutmeg


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                        • #13
                          Do this with them. You're welcome.
                          “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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                          • #14
                            I just cooked plantains for the first time last night (tostones), some were green and some were starting to turn yellow. DS said he prefered the green. I used some for a vehicle for salmon salad (salmon mixed with salsa verde) they were great. I could see how they could be used to replace chips or crackers. The rest I served with dinner to go with grilled pork kabobs, everyone loved them.

                            I want to try Mr. Koozie's suggestion, so far every other paleo pancake recipe I've tried has been disappointing, but that recipe looks promising.
                            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                            • #15
                              It's become my go-to pancake/waffle recipe. The only things I do different from the recipe are use ripe (mostly black) plantains and add cinnamon.
                              “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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