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Baked Plantains

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Baked Plantains
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 8
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Here’s one way to add this Latin American specialty to your side dish repertoire. It’s similar to how Americans north of the border would prepare a baked potato. Another popular way of serving it is sliced and fried until golden brown.

Ingredients

4
ripe plantains
Vegetable oil
Butter or margarine, melted
Salt

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Cut tip off each end of plantains. Cut lengthwise slit through peel on one side of each plantain. Rub plantains with oil. Arrange plantains, cut sides up, in ungreased rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches.
  • 2 Bake uncovered about 35 minutes or until tender when pierced with fork. Make 1 or 2 lengthwise cuts through peel; remove peel. Serve plantains with butter and salt.
Tips  

The plantain, a less-sweet cousin of the banana, has a squash-like flavor and is the potato of Latin cuisines.

Unlike bananas that are eaten when ripe, plantains are used while still “green.” Look for firm plantains when shopping. The skin can be greenish to yellowish or a brownish black.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
20
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
2 g
(
Saturated Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
330 mg
Potassium
560 mg
Total Carbohydrate
37 g
(
Dietary Fiber
3 g
)
Protein
1 g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
24%
24%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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