Fried plantains with sweet heat

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the sweet heat sauce

1 lime
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp sweet hot mustard
1 tsp horseradish, prepared
1 tbsp rice vinegar, natural

For the fried plantains

Vegetable oil, for frying
3 green plantains
56g garlic, minced
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp chilli flakes
Dash cayenne pepper
1) In a bowl, combine the juice of 1/2 of the lime, the sweet chilli sauce, mustard, horseradish and vinegar. Set aside.

2) Heat 1cm of oil in a 30cm heavy-bottomed pan. Cut the plantain on the diagonal into 2.5cm thick pieces and remove the peel.

3) When the oil is hot, add the plantains and fry both sides until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt, pepper and minced garlic.

4) With a flat bottomed heat-proof glass bowl, smash the plantains evenly flat, embedding the garlic into them. Return to the hot oil and fry until dark golden brown.

5) Remove from the pan and drain again on paper, adding more coarse salt, to taste, the chilli flakes, cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lime juice.

6) Serve while hot with the sweet heat sauce for dipping.

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