Recipe: Mashed Plantains or Majado de Verde

majado de verdePhoto courtesy: Laylita of Laylita’s Recipes

It’s a Latin American tradition to eat green plantains also known as platanos machos. The most common way to eat them are simply sliced and fried, usually served as a dessert. Here is a new twist to using this tasty tropical fruit in your next dish or brunch party. Majado de Verde or Mashed Plantains as they are most commonly known, offer a lot of flavor with a fried egg and a slice of cheese. Majado de Verde is inspired by a traditional dish served in the Dominican Republic  and Puerto Rico. While this may be a more difficult recipe, it is definitely a unique and tasty one.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 green plantains, peeled and cut in round slices
  • 1-2 tbs butter or oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp achiote powder or ground annatto
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sides – Fried egg, slice of queso fresco, diced avocado, andaji criollo

*Serves 4

Instructions

  1. Boil the plantains for 30 minutes or until soft.
  2. Mash the plantains using a fork or potato masher. The consistency should have some small chunks, if it’s too smooth it will stick together.
  3. Prepare a pan by heating the butter or oil over medium low heat, add the diced onion, crushed garlic, achiote or annatto, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Add the mashed plantains to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional salt/pepper if needed.
  5. Serve immediately with a fried egg, slices of fresh cheese, avocado slices and aji criollo.

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Image credit: Laylita of Laylita’s Recipes
Recipe source: Laylita’s Recipes

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