Tuesday, March 4, 2008

How to Make Plantain Chips (Liberian Style)

Ingredients:

-Oil
-Green Plantains (as many as you're hungry for)
-Salt to taste
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1. I pre heated my oil first, about 1/2" deep on med/high
2. While that warmed, I began slicing the plantain. For *best* results, cut the suckers as thin as humanly possible. Have patience. If you're taking forever, turn off the oil and focus on this as it's a key to yummy chips.
3. Salt the raw plantains before throwin' em in. Now toss in the slices individually so they all have room to fry evenly
4. If a slice is turning the slightest bit tan, take 'em all out as the batch is probably done (you've cooked them too long if the veins on the plantain are visible - that's a no no - you've officially burnt the chips). I leave 'em in for around a minute-ish, just long enough to crisp them and watch the color change from pastey white to a yellow.
5. Throw 'em on a napkin covered plate and toss on some salt before the oil dries.
6. Enjoy (I was planning on sharing with the rest of the family but... well.. at least we had good intentions!?

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

I've never had such a thing. I'll have to look for them at the market.

Danielle said...

Yummy! You are making me miss Liberia. Now I have to run out and buy plantains!!

Ashley said...

Man, you need to quit posting recipes! Now I'm going to have to make some chips since you've got me thinking about how yummy they are when they're still warm!

The Beast Mom said...

Those look delicious!

Loved your updates and photos from your trip.

-bm

Aly Cat 121 said...

I love plantain but those green ones . . . .Since I've been in Washington I haven't seen any neighborhood markets that even sell plantain. *sigh* It's probably a good thing we're moving from here.

Ashley said...

My 67 cent plantain made some tasty chips tonight! We scarfed them up in no time! I sat and ate them with my eyes closed....imagining heat, and the smell of charcoal and taxi horns honking.

Erin said...

My kids told me to grate them and fry them in kinda smallish lumps. They are really good that way, the outside is crisp and the inside is warm and sweet.

So glad to hear about your trip to Liberia. Today is our official 1 year reunion (whole day as a family). We were picked up March 5...but basically ate and went to bed. I am so happy for your family. You are truly blessed in Jesus!

Take care,
Erin in FL

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