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    Sautéed Plantains with Honey Butter (Gluten-Free)


    "Platano" is a Spanish word for the fruit we Americans know as the plantain. The plantain is a heartier older cousin of the sweet, commercial banana, and a fruit I think is underused here in America. Firmer plantains are commonly used for savory dishes, but as they ripen, they become sweeter. When that happens, they become perfect for desserts and other sweet dishes.

    Look in the dessert section of the menu restaurants across central and South American restaurants,  and you will find fried plantains, or platanos fritos.

    This version of plantains is quite versatile. I’ve served it as a simple dessert, but it pairs well many breakfast and lunch staples. If you’re able, make extra honey butter to reserve; it's a great spread that complements the plantains beautifully.

    Ingredients:
    3-5 small ripe plantains
    2 tablespoons room-temperature butter, plus 2 tablespoons for frying
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons honey
    Cinnamon for sprinkling

    Directions:
    Mix 2 tablespoons softened butter with honey. Refrigerate until firm enough to spread.

    Cut ends from plantains. Slice skin lengthwise and peel. Cut in ¼ inch slices and set aside.

    Heat the remaining butter and vegetable oil in a large skillet. Arrange plantain slices in single layer and heat for 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.

    Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve warm with chilled honey butter.


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    I've always avoided cooking with plantains, simply because I never really knew what to do with them, but thanks to you and this recipe I now have a real simple recipe to give them a try. Thanks a bunch!

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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