Thursday, February 3, 2011

A South American Meal

The other night my boyfriend and I were craving something a little different. The snow was piled so high outside and the wind was so cold, we just desperately wanted to fly away to somewhere warm. And since we're moving to Panama in May, my boyfriend had the great idea to give me a preview of Panamanian food. So we made black beans and rice and plataconos and pretended we were already there.

Black beans and rice is simple: cook rice, heat a can of blackbeans (undrained), mix together. Done! Plataconos though requires a little more work...

 Plataconos on the left, fried plantains on the right

Plataconos

Ingredients:
-A green plantain
-Oil for deep frying
-Salt

Directions:
1. Cut Plantains into 2-inch long sections. About 4-5 sections per plantain.
2. Deep fry on high until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, put in a ziplock bag, one section at a time, and flatten with the bottom of a pot.
4. Take flattened sections and deep fry until crispy.
5. Season with salt, serve with black beans and rice and enjoy!

Black beans and rice on my boyfriend's lap

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