November 01, 2008

Sweet & Spicy Plantain Fritters

1 cup flour
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch cinnamon
1 egg
3 ripe plantains, peeled and cubed.
canola oil


Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, chile powder, water and egg in a large bowl and whisk until batter is smooth. Fold in plantain. Heat 1/4 to 1/2 inch oil in a large skillet. Drop 1/4 cups of the batter into the hot oil. Fry until golden and cooked through, flipping once halfway through the cooking time.

My thoughts:
These plantain fritters are my favorite way to eat plantains. They are slightly sweet but also rather spicy so they avoid that "shouldn't this be dessert?" issue I've found with some plantain recipes. They are great served with pork or chicken or even as a snack or light lunch on their own with a small salad.