It was not until I went on vacation in Puerto Rico, over five years ago, that I ever tried a plantain. It was fried with some kind of oil and sugar, I don’t even want to know, but it was amazing. They’re much less common in the states unless you go to a Caribbean-style restaurant or happen to find them at your local grocery store; and I randomly had one on-hand last week after oozing over this Instagram post. It turns out that plantains are super high in essential vitamins and minerals… so, along came these party-worthy-crostinis.
Of course these plantains are not fried, but baked, into a savory cracker-like bite with accented sweetness from the jam. Plantains have more Vitamins C, A and B6 than bananas, and 6% of RDI of dietary fiber. They’re larger than bananas and generally not consumed raw, because they tend to be bitter, instead cooked to bring out their sweetness. I made these for a simple snack but they would be great for a party or get-together with your friends. Here’s how you make my favorite Baked Plantain Crostini’s:
1 ripe plantain
Apricot jam (apple would work too), no sugar added
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp olive oil
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1. Slice plantains about 1/8″ thick (they should ‘resemble’ crackers)
2. Toss with olive oil, salt & pepper (to taste)
3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, until lightly browned
4. Top with a dollop of goat cheese and jam
5. Sprinkle lemon zest and paprika
Make this recipe for your next soirée and share on Instagram tagging #allgoodhealth!