Smashed Caramelized Plantains "Platanos al Caldero"

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups
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4 ripe plantains

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 stick butter

4 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

Pinch salt

1 lime, juiced


  1. Cut ends off plantains, peel and slice in half lengthwise. Set 2 large nonstick saute pans over medium-high heat and add oil and 2 tablespoons butter into each pan. Add plantains and cook for 10 minutes - you don't want to move it too frequently otherwise it won't caramelize as well, flipping halfway. Once you flip the plantains, sprinkle with light brown sugar (depending on the ripeness/sweetness of the plantains, adjust the sugar amount) and salt. The plantains should be nice and golden. Squeeze with fresh lime juice just before serving.
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