What's Cooking GLUTEN-FREE / VEGAN
Plantain Baked In Orange Juice Plantain is rarely showcased this formally on dinner tables and it really is a shame. In this case, lengths of ripe plantain are oven-baked with orange juice and zest. The result is very Caribbean Glam!
2 ripe plantains 2 Tbsp. honey ½ cup orange juice 2 Tbsp. grated orange zest ½ tsp. salt 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and slice plantains lengthwise or crosswise and place in a greased baking dish. 2. Mix juice, honey, zest and salt; pour over plantain. 3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until nicely browned. Serve as a side to a meat entree (roasted or stewed) with rice and salad. Sarina's Notes Sweet potatoes can also be prepared in this way. Parboil potatoes, peel, slice, place in dish, pour syrup over and bake until cooked about 25 to 30 minutes. Plantain should be almost completely black. The dish isn’t as appealing when the plantain is too firm. The orange zest tends to get bitter in the oven so keep an eye on it and avoid including any of the white pith. Substitute Substitute the orange zest topping with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, or a blend of zest and sugar.
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY 2016 •