Confession: I’ve been a little plantain-crazy lately.
I eat them all the time. And it’s no wonder – they taste amazing and they’re easy to prepare…particularly when you have a crazy easy recipe like these plantain patties.
It takes mere minutes to prep and fry up some plantain patties, and I guarantee you they make an excellent addition to almost any meal. Except – maybe – pizza.
At my Natural Grocers cooking demo last Saturday, I went on a 15 minute spiel about how amazing plantains were…and none of my recipes actually used plantains. That was a teensy bit embarrassing. But it did give me a great idea for another demo to do in the future: “All the Amazing Shit You Can Make with Plantains”. Might have to work on the title, but considering the audience response to my plantain rant, I’d say it would be a popular topic. There was a little girl who gleefully showed me the plantains she ran out and bought after the demo was over. I hope she liked them!
The demo itself went as well as can be expected. I was nervous, but once I got to talking the nerves eased up a bit. I’m very happy that the audience was willing to chat with me. I now have gratuitous amounts of respect for those who do this kind of thing on a regular basis. Yes, it’s not necessarily hard to talk in front of crowds, but the feeling of talking at people rather than with them really gets to me. I like instantaneous feedback, and it’s hard to decode nonverbal feedback when you’re talking to a crowd. So early on in the demo, I invited any and all questions. I prodded the crowd by asking them questions, and told them they could interrupt me at any time. It worked pretty well! And they laughed at my jokes. And clapped for me at one point when I talked about self-love. That as pretty cool.
I did make one mistake though. I had been 100% sure that the dates I used for the Thai Curry Chicken Wings were seedless (I’ve only ever bought seedless dates, so it really didn’t cross my mind). When I turned on the blender, someone asked if there were still seeds in the dates, and I dismissed the notion because the loud noises from the blender were so familiar to me – it’s always sounded like that. After the demo, I discovered there were seeds in the dates. I felt terrible. It is what it is.
Back to the plantain talk.
These pan-fried plantain patties are my favorite way to prepare plantains lately. It’s so quick and easy – like, even faster than tostones. Definitely my post-workout snack of choice. And I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I just adore sweet plantains. I hardly ever eat green plantains. I always wait for them to turn yellow so they have that delicious touch of sweetness.
Obviously, to be able to mash plantains with a fork, they need to be very ripe, even over-ripe. Think banana bread banana color…but in a plantain. So, use yellow plantains – the riper, the better.
This recipe calls for tapioca flour, but you could sub arrowroot flour as well. Or, you could just leave it out altogether – the patties might be a little more delicate, but as long as you don’t make them too large they should still hold together. However, after doing a side-by-side taste test, I think the patties with tapioca flour have a superior texture. I just want you to know that dinner isn’t ruined if you run out of tapioca flour.
On the hunt for more plantain recipes? Here’s a quick list of some of the other plantain recipes on DYEP!
- Plantain Tortillas (Two Ways)
- Mashed Plantains (Sweet & Savory)
- Plantain Gnocchi with Savory Short Ribs
- 3 Ingredient Plantain Cake
- Flourless Plantain Skillet Brownie
- Flourless Plantain Empanadas
- Plantain & Olive Beef Bowls
Crazy Easy Pan-Fried Plantain Patties