Hey Hey! How is it going friends? Did you ever have plantain chips? Or plantains for that matter? I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe yet.
If you are a fan of sweet potato fries, plantain chips are your new crush, your new homies or dirty little secret.
It depends on how you look at them … We’re homies.
Let’s get something out of the way right now. These are not like the ones you get in a bag. They have a different texture, different taste and have an added healthy dose of realness to them.
Are you familiar with plantains?
Plantains, also referred to as cooking bananas, are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world and according to Wikipedia are ranking among the top 10 most important staple foods in the world!
Lots of people eat these babies, and I can see why. They’re delicious!
The first time I ate plantains was with some of my Cameroonian friends who prepared them to go with the insanely delicious Poulet DG (Comment below if you want me to make that recipe!).
I was mind blown by that dish and the thing that stood out the most to me was the sweetness of the plantains. It was mesmerizing.
The second time I had plantains was when another one of my Cameroonian friends shared her plantain chips with me. Mind-blown, again.
That’s when I decided that homemade plantain chips need to make their way to Broke Foodies.
Here are some things you need to know about this simple side dish.
Plantains are cheap and whole30 compliant: you can find them pretty much at any grocery store and if you are following a whole30 diet, plantains are a great way to mix-it up.
The color of your plantains matters: if you want very crispy fries, you need to cook your plantains while they are still green. The more yellow they get, the sweeter they will be. That means that they will be less starchy and subsequently less crispy once you cook them. If they look as yellow as the picture shown below, then you can be sure that they won’t be crispy.
Yes, I saved that plantain just to show you.
I don’t mind them being a little bit softer though, they totally make up for it with the incredible sweetness that they pack.
These fries/chips make an excellent breakfast side dish. If you are wondering what to eat with your scrambled eggs (or tofu scramble), you should try these. They cook faster than potatoes and are very nutritious.
Plantain Chips Recipe:
This simple side dish is the perfect balance between sweet and salty. It's ready in minutes and requires only a few ingredients.
- 2 large plantains
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
In a frying pan, melt your coconut oil over medium-high heat.
Using a knife, peel your plantains and cut them into thin slices. You can cut them diagonally like I did to have bigger pieces. Fry your slices for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they get golden-brown and crispy.
Place your cooked chips in a colander that is sitting on top of tray and let your chips cool down. Season and toss your chips around carefully to make sure that they are thoroughly covered. Serve with some spicy mayonnaise (if vegan use vegenaise) and enjoy!
You can use any kind of seasoning you like. I generally find that sweet plantain chips go very well with a smoky seasoning and a spicy condiment.
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