- Main IngredientsOver ripe Plantains, Spring Onions, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Garlic, Ginger, Flour, Baking Powder, Vegetable Oil, Salt
- CourseAppetizer or Dessert
- Level Of CookingEasy
Sweet and Savoury Plantain Fritters (Food Pet Peeves Series)
Food Pet Peeve; Waste
One food I can not stand to waste is Plantains, especially ripe (sweet) plantains. I started a series last week about my food pet peeves, so today I’ll be talking about waste. I do not like wasting food, I do not like my guests wasting my food. Infact, if someone pays me a visit, and I offer him/her some food, and they end up wasting it for whatever reason. The next time that person comes visiting, I’ll offer them soft drinks or a fruit. Seen food go to waste feels so wrong, because there are so many out there who have little or nothing to eat.
What does all this have to do with Plantains? If you must waste any food in my house, do not waste plantains. It’s a big No No! I eat ripe plantains raw, that’s how much I like it. Even when the plantains are over ripe and I know that frying them will make the slices sticky, and they soak up a lot of oil, I still eat them. What would the world be like without plantains? I’m not sure I want to find out.
I come from a big family. We are like every normal family where one man’s food is another man’s Yuck!! For instance, my sister likes her eggs, Sunny Side Up with a runny Yolk. I on the other hand, won’t touch a runny yolk with a ten foot pole. In fact, I wash my hands every time I crack an egg, so if I have ten eggs to crack, that’s ten trips to the faucet. I like my eggs well done.
Irrespective of our food likes and dislikes, there are few foods we like in common. Since I come from a big family, you can imagine how fast these foods disappear before they hit the floor. Plantain is the one food that reigns supreme in my family. Plantains, specifically ripe (sweet) plantains, have caused mini sibling wars. It was so serious that whenever mum bought plantains, or a bunch of plantain was harvested from the tree at our backyard, my brothers quickly dismembered the bunch. They hid their loot in secret stashes in their rooms. Sometimes they hid it in plain sight, just in case anyone goes searching the hidden corners of their rooms.
In the middle of the night, or when no one was home, they’ll fry some of their bounty. So the aroma of fried plantain was always in the air, but no plantain in sight. You might even be lucky enough the find the peel in the trash. The problem with hiding plantains in secret stashes was that sometimes they forgot where they hid them, and then the plantains go bad, and start to give off a bad smell, which they use to trace the hiding place. No rice meal, or beans, or Pasta meal was complete without Fried plantains.
You say, Yuck!! I say Fritters
I always used to trash my plantains whenever they turned completely black, and too soft for anything useful. Or so I thought. Until I discovered Plantain Fritters. It was like an answer to a prayer I didn’t even know I prayed. Plantain Fritters were indeed, a pleasant discovery. The best part is, they are super easy to make, super delicious, and now none of my plantains have to go to waste.
So for this recipe, I was thinking of a way to switch things up a bit, and then I happened upon a recipe by the lovely Imma of Immaculate Bites. I tried it and my taste buds testified to the goodness of this recipe. So I decided to share it with you guys. Like I said, this recipe is really easy and is perfect as a snack, or a dessert, with powdered sugar dusted all over them. Enjoy!!
- 3 Large fingers of Over Ripe Plantains
- 2 Bulbs of Spring Onions (Chopped, including the green leafs)
- 1 Cup of Flour
- 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 3 Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Chopped (or more, depending on how much heat you like)
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
- Minced, 2 teaspoons of Ginger
- Vegetable Oil (for deep frying)
- Salt (to taste)
- Place the oil in a pan to heat while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Peel the plantains, and place in a bowl. Mash the plantains using a food processor or a Potato Mash. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and pepper, and mix.
- In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour and baking powder). Add the dry ingredients to the plantain mixture, and mix till they are completely incorporated. Add salt and mix. Remember to taste for salt.
- Using a tablespoon or an ice cream scoop, carefully scoop the plantain batter into the heated oil (make sure the oil isn’t too hot, or the fritters will quickly burn on the outside, with a raw interior.) Fry the Fritters in batches, so you don’t over crowd the oil (when frying anything, over crowding the oil will cause the temperature of the oil to drop too quickly, and whatever you’re frying begins to soak up the oil.)
- Serve hot and enjoy
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