Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but get those stretchy pants on, because latkes and more latkes are coming! And to continue our latke making marathon, today’s newest arrival is an ode to some of my favorite Latin flavors; crisp plantain latkes with avocado crema.
With inspiration from my favorite salty snack, plantain chips or the more familiar tostones, plantains fry up beautifully. Of course, make sure you get the unripe green plantains and the firmer the better. The darker they get, the plantain will be too soft and sweet, though sweet fried plantains are a whole other treat of their own.
Can you grate plantains?? Yes, yes you can. If you have a food processor, it makes it even easier. But word of warning, plantains get a bit on the sticky side. Like potato latkes, you can still squeeze the water out,but just be prepared for the plantain mixture to be a bit sticky. So when you are in the midst of frying, make sure to oil the back of a spoon or small spatula to gently press down the latke. This will ensure the mixture doesn’t stick to the spoon, and will make it a bit flatter and therefore, crispier!
Happy Hanukkah and happy frying!