Bananes pesées - Fried Plantain Recipe
Bananes pesées - Fried Plantain
Flavors of Haiti
Total time: less than 15 minutes

Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Bananes pesées means "weighted bananas," and refers to plantains that are flattened in between trips to the deep fryer. 

They are served with pikliz and pork griots at the Christmas reveillon. This is a quick, easy recipe that is an everyday staple.

Peeling the plantains under running water makes the job easier. 

- 4 green plantains
- 300 ml / 1 1/5 cup ice water
- 1 pinch of salt
- juice of 1 lemon or a spoonful of white vinegar
- frying oil
- salt and pepper (optional)
  1. Peel the plantains and slice diagonally into 1-2 cm thicknesses.
  2. Place the sliced plantain in a deep dish with salted water to which the lemon or vinegar has been added.
  3. Heat the oil. Drain the plantains and fry for a few minutes until softened and just beginning to color. Drain. Reserve the water.
  4. Flatten the plantain slices between two saucers or with a "pèz banann."
  5. Dip briefly in ice water. Shake off the water and return to the hot oil to fry again until crispy.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot. 
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