Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quick Recipe - Garlic Herb Fried Plantains {AIP, Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan}

For those of you who don't actually know me...I work at a church in Dubai. Once a month (sometimes twice) we have an evening church service and a fellowship meal afterward. People sign up to bring food and it's always a fun selection of foods from around the world (as our church is very international) and quick fast food (KFC is a favorite). One thing that is almost always on the table, and one of the few things on the table I know I can eat, it fried plantains. We have a lot of West Africans in the church and without fail someone will bring plantains. I find myself rushing out of childcare and sneaking around to the back of the food table just to grab a piece or two before they're gone. :)

There are some recipes that are almost too simple to share, and yet too good not to. This is one of those. In fact, I almost hate to call this a recipe, but if I don't share it, you'll be missing out on the goodness.

Garlic Herb Fried Plantains
Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2-3 yellow (but still firm plantains)
2 + T coconut oil
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 t dried herbs of choice (I like sage or oregano or herbs de'provence the best)

Method:
- mix seasonings in a small bowl and put to the side
- peel and slice the plantains - 1/2 inch thickness works well
- heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat
- once oil is hot, carefully place plantain slices in the pan (don't overcrowd the pan) - you'll probably need to do 2 batches
- let them cook over medium heat until they start to brown on the bottom (+/- 3 minutes)
- use a fork or tongs to flip them over and cook until brown on other side
- transfer to a plate lined with paper towel
- dust with the seasoning mixture while still hot
- serve alongside burgers or baked fish & some green veggies for a complete meal

*** These are great eaten immediately, and can also be made in advance and reheated. They will loose their crispiness if reheated, but you can crisp them up in a pan with a little oil if desired.