Sweet Plantains

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 to 3 ripe black plantains

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. To peel the plantains, cut off ends and discard. With a paring knife, make 3 shallow slits lengthwise along the seams of the skin and peel away. Split the plantains lengthwise.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet and place over medium low heat (plantains have a high sugar content and will burn if the heat is too high.) Fry the plantains in a single layer, until golden on the bottom then turn over with a spatula. Add the cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar and let cook a few more seconds, just to begin caramelizing the sugar.
  3. Just before serving, melt remaining tablespoon of butter to finish the sauce. Serve immediately.

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