Plantain Chips

Looking for something different to impress your mates? Guests will LOVE this (and not even know that it’s healthy…ish)

Plantain Party Chips with Sriracha Mayo

Serves 2 for a large entree or 4 for a small appetiser

If you haven’t heard or tried plantain, this is one food experience I strongly recommend!

Grown and eaten widely in tropical regions, plantains look like green bananas for all intents and purposes. However, they are starchier, lower in free sugar and a good source of resistant starch, which is like high octane fuel for the probiotic bacteria in our gut.

In many recipes, plantain chips are double deep-fried, which obviously ramps up the pleasure of eating them but dampens any claim to them being actually good for you 😉 (Which, in my view, is fine if you’re happy to just have a ‘joyful meal’ – we all need those!)

However, in this recipe, I fry only once and so long as you’re serving them hot and super fresh, they are still freakin’ delicious!

Ingredients

2 plantain
Enough coconut or rice bran oil to coat 2cm on the base of your pan
1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp coconut sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder, lots of salt to season

Method

Peel the plantains. I find the easiest way to do this is cut lengthways along the green skin at 1 cm intervals, then peel off. Cut into desks approximately 1 cm thick.

Bring the oil to heat. The oil is ready when it ‘sizzles’ (but not boil) when you put a test piece of plantain in.

Cook plantain on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate and pat off excess oil. Mix spices in a small bowl then sprinkle over plantain, coating evenly.

I love to serve this with my homemade Sriracha Mayo, or with a vegan chipotle mayo that I buy from my local Maleny IGA.

There you have it my lovelies, plantain party chips – easy to whip up and always a hit with my mates!

A quick tip – plantains can be a little pricey (at time of writing, I bought mine for $8.99/kg) – I like to mix them up with some sweet potato and parsnip chips…They look great altogether, too!

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