Cooked ripe plantains with butter are a perfect choice to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and comforting. With their mild and sweet flavor, ripe plantains are a vital part of Colombian cuisine and can be cooked in many different ways.
These buttered ripe plantains are perfect to accompany any meal, served as dessert or even at any time of the day. They are delicious and soft; you can also add honey instead of butter.
At home, I usually prepare them when the plantains have turned too ripe, and their skin begins to show dark spots. If fried in slices in this state, they absorb too much lard or oil. So, my preferred method is as in this recipe.
I hope you enjoy your ripe plantains with butter, honey, or cheese. They taste amazing in all these variations.
How can I ensure ripe plantains are ready to be cooked?
The ripe plantains should be of a dark yellow color with black spots to be ready for cooking. If they still have a green or light yellow color, they will not be ripe enough for cooking. It's also essential to choose plantains that are firm but not too hard.
If the plantains aren't ripe enough, you can place them in a closed paper bag for a few days to speed up the ripening process.
Can I cook them without peeling them first?
Yes, you can. Cooking the plantains with the skin on can help maintain their shape and prevent them from falling apart during cooking. Moreover, the skin easily peels off after cooking.
If you choose to cook the plantains with their skin on, make sure to wash them thoroughly before placing them in the pot.
Can I add other ingredients to buttered cooked plantains?
Absolutely! Buttered cooked plantains can be served on their own or as a side dish. You can also add ingredients like cinnamon, brown sugar, or honey for additional sweetness.
If you prefer savory flavors, you can also add ingredients like grated cheese, crispy bacon, or caramelized onions to give a unique twist to the buttered cooked plantains.
Other similar recipes?
Ripe plantains are a significant part of Colombian cuisine and can be used in various sweet and savory dishes. Some popular options include slices of ripe plantain, "patacones," cheese-stuffed plantains, and much more.
Ripe plantains can also be used in desserts like cakes, bread, and cookies. Try adding ripe plantains to your favorite recipes for a unique and delicious flavor.
We recommend you try: "Crema de mazorca" or "arepas con queso."
- 2 ripe plantains
- Enough water
- Butter to taste
- Cut the ripe plantains into large portions, possibly in three parts, with the skin still on, and place them in a slow-cooking pot over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
- Remove them from the pot and peel off the skin. Serve on a plate and add the desired amount of butter on top.