Recipe courtesy of The Tastemade Kitchen

Garlic-and-Herb Plantain Fries with Creamy Cotija Sauce

Curly fries don't have to be bad for you. Create curly plantain fries at home that are sweet, salty and herby with a killer sauce on the side.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 to 8 servings
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2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

4 large green plantains, trimmed, peeled and halved widthwise

Vegetable oil, for frying

Kosher salt, for seasoning 


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese

1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions 


Special equipment:
8 bamboo skewers
  1. For the plantains: Whisk together the coconut oil, garlic and parsley in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Push a bamboo skewer into each plantain half. Using a paring knife, slice through a plantain, rotating the fruit with your hand as you cut to create a spiral. Carefully loosen the spiral with your fingers to stretch out the plantain. Repeat with all the plantains. 
  3. Fill a wide pot or Dutch oven about halfway with vegetable oil and heat to 360 degrees F. Fry the plantain skewers in batches until golden brown, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Season immediately with kosher salt.
  4. Place the fried plantains in a bowl and drizzle with the garlic and parsley oil. Toss or stir to coat.
  5. For the sauce: Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream and vinegar, then stir in the Cotija cheese and scallions. Serve with the plantains.
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