Growing up in a Cuban household consists of eating rice, beans and fried plantains almost every night. Although very yummy, these eating habits could easily rack up the pounds. However, we occasionally indulge in childhood favorites, such as "platanitos maduros" or fried rice plantains. Instead of deep frying the plantains, we pan fry them in a little bit of sugar. This method saves us a few calories, yet we still get to enjoy this sweet side dish. We hope you introduce this Cuban tradition to your family!
Large non-stick pan
Buy the ripest plantains in the store. The darker, the better. If they are not as dark as the one in our photo, allow a few days to ripen.
Peel the plantain and slice into 1 inch thick slices. Pour the sugar onto a plate. Heat the non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
Once the pan is hot, dip the plantain slices into the sugar until they are evenly coated. Place the plantains on the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the sugar caramelizes. The plantain should become soft and golden brown.
Place the cooked plantain on parchment paper and allow to cool. This will prevent the plantains from sticking to your plate.