Plantizza (Plantain Pizza)

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Once the experiment is plantain related, I can almost always never go wrong with Le Hubs. Tonight I decided to serve Plantain and Eggs with a flair and I loved and he loved it too.

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Recipe
6 Ripe Plantains
5 Eggs
1 large Green Bell pepper
1 large Red Bell Pepper
2 tomatoes
2 Sausage
1/4 cup Shredded beef
1 Bouillon Cube
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Olive oil

Boil Plantain with skin on till nearly cooked, peel and mash in a bowl.
In a tart pan, spray on some  cooking spray and spread the mashed plantain.  Put into an oven pre heated to 350 °C .

Chop peppers, tomatoes,  sausage, in a pan sautée the mince meat for 5 mins next add peppers, add bouillon cubes and salt and pepper.

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Turn heat down,  break and whisk eggs.
Add oil to the sautéing vegetables, once hot add eggs.
Stir all in, don’t let the eggs really fry.
Turn  off the heat  and spread the egg over the top of the plantain in the oven.
Let it bake for an additional 25 mins .
Allow to cool before you cut with a pizza cutter.

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Fried Plantain on Skewers

This is yet another clever way to serve your plantain as finger food while hosting guests.

You need
Plantain
Mini burger or Minced meat
*spices and seasoning optional
Vegetable Oil to fry

Simply cut plantains in circles, fry till golden brown. To acompany the plantain you can use mini burgers or make some minced meat into balls, season and grill or sauté. Stack plantain and meat  and pass a skewer through it.

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Simple, easy menu

Plantain Lasagna

My romance with plantain has made experiment with all sorts of appealing ways to cook and present plantain. Here is one of them.

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This was inspired by Ugo Joy Eke – Okoro’ s post on Bella Naija, last year.

Here goes.
6 Plantains
3kg minced meat
1 table spoon of Garlic (minced)
Pepper
Onion
Carrot
2 cooking spoons of tomato paste (any of the tinned brands would do)
1/2 cooking spoon Tomato Ketchup
Seasoning cubes and
Salt to taste
Oil
5 Eggs lightly beaten and salted

Procedure
Heat up some oil, then add the onions, pepper, garlic, seasoning cube and salt. Sauté for about 3 minutes, then add the minced meat and cook until it is browned. Add the tomato sauce, carrot cubes and very little water and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.

Peel your plantain and cut them into about 4-5 slices lengthwise and shallow fry them in little oil for about 3 minutes on each side or till slightly brown. Spray the baking dish with some oil or butter, then pour some of the eggs on the bottom of the baking dish.

Lay the plantain slices on the bottom of the dish until the properly covered, add about half of meat mixture on top of the plantain slices and spread it out to a uniform layer. Repeat the layers with the rest of the plantain slices and meat mixture and end the layers with plantain slices on top.
Pour the rest of the eggs over the plantain layers(so that it covers the plantain and seeps through the layers)
Bake for about 25 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes so it would be easy to slice into.

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Plantain Sandwich

I used to think I loved plantain until i met Le Hubs, his next best food asides beans is plantain, one food you’d always find in my store is a bunch of ripe plantains, hence the need to always find ingenious ways to  make plantain, this is one of his favorites aside the plantain waffle

Now this is so easy to make.

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Recipe
Ripe plantain
Sautéed Bacon slices
Lettuce
Omelette
Slices of tomatoes
Low cholesterol oil (olive or sunflower would be great)

Procedure
Cut plantain length wise into 2 or 3 strips.
Fry slightly in oil and take out the plantain strips. Flatten the plantain using a Tostonera or simple household items e.g a ladle or rolling pin, I used the flat side of an Ice breaker to smack the plantain flat.
Return into the oil and finish frying. Lay on paper towels to absorb the oil.

Now assemble. Plantain base, some lettuce, tomatoes, Omelette, a plantain slice , some lettuce, bacon slice and cover with plantain slice.

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You can cut them up into very pretty bite sized pieces like this and serve them as finger food when hosting guests

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Bite sized plantain sandwiches

Enjoy

Plantain Waffles ; Fitfam Option

Plantain Waffles with Bacon wrapped omelette and lettuce, and Sweet Soy/Pepper Syrup.

Not a piece was left on the plate!

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Recipe.

Plantain Waffles
•   2 Ripe Plantain
•   1 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper (ground pepper /Ata gigun)
*   Salt to taste optional
*   1 egg optional,( you can use 1/8 cup of water instead)
•   Vegetable Oil (i used coconut oil) to grease waffle iron.

 

Procedure

–    Cut plantain into chunks and blend with pepper, egg or water , salt, to a smooth paste.
–    Use a pastry brush to brush the oil on the waffle iron, scoop the blended plantain paste into the waffle iron, close up and let it cook, according to the manufacturer’s instructions on your device.

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Sweet Soy/Pepper Syrup
•    7 Chilli Pepper (any pepper of your choice)
•    1 cup water
•    2 tbsp Soy sauce
•    1 1/2 cups sugar

–    Blend pepper to a smooth paste, add 1 cup water and seive the liquid into a deep pan or pot, discard pulp.

–    Add sugar and soy sauce, boil till water reduces and the sauce thickens.

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Bacon was sautéed and used to wrap omelette and lettuce.

Yummy!!!