What are plantains? This Caribbean staple is a member of the banana family. Green plantains are lower in sugar and starchier (read: not sweet!) than the traditional banana. They are a great source of dense carbohydrates, soluble fiber, vitamins, magnesium and potassium – nutrients that are essential in tropical climates as they help to restore electrolyte balance.
There are many ways to get plantains on your plate – grilled, baked, or fried. At Taino Organic Farm, our favorite combination is to serve garlic mangú topped with spicy scrambled eggs on a bed of freshly picked greens. The best part about this meal is that all of the ingredients can be found within steps of our sustainable farm’s kitchen!
Ingredients- Serves 4
- Green Plantains (2-3 per person)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 Cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 Cup chopped garlic chives
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 Cup raw milk
- Salt to taste
- Slit sides of green plantains
- Boil plantains with the skin ON for 10 minutes or until skin is tender
- Carefully peel skin off plantains and slice into 1/4 inch pieces
- Continue to boil until soft
- Add garlic, onions, garlic chives, salt, butter, and raw milk
- Using a potato masher, blend all ingredients together to a creamy consistency
Serving Suggestion: Top with local Dominican cheese and crispy onions. Enjoy your meal!