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Caramelized Sweet Plantains (Plátanos Maduros en Tentación)

October  3, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Makes 8 pieces
Author Notes

This is one of the most popular side dishes in Panamanian Cuisine, I grew up eating it during regular weekdays, weekends, parties and holidays.

There are sort of way to caramelize the plantains from the fancy raw organic raw cane sugar to the coca cola and fruit punch processed sweetened drinks. Every family has a specific way to make it, my mom, well she like three ingredients for it, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon stick. I prefer to use coconut butter and oil lately, it adds a different touch. —LittleLadyCook

What You'll Need
  • 2 Ripen Yellow Plantains
  • 1/4 cup Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Raspadura / Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Water or a Fruit Juice or Cola
  1. Peel and cut the plantains in 4 pieces each.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan with the coconut oil and sautee the plantains, until they are golden-brown on both sides.
  3. Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla and liquid (water, juice or cola) and cook for 15-20 minutes until the liquid has been reduced to a caramel and the plantains are soft.
  4. Serve as a side dish, with Coconut rice, beans, jerk chicken or any other Panamanian dish!

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  • Adelucchi
  • LittleLadyCook
  • m00nie

3 Reviews

m00nie September 24, 2016
where does the salt come in, please? is it necessary?
Adelucchi August 17, 2016
Sounds good. I'll try your recipe. Plantains are usually delicious fried. I think you took them a step further!! I'll let you know how they came out.
LittleLadyCook August 17, 2016
Lovely, looking forward to hearing how it went ^__^