A few weeks before Christmas, as I perused through various facebook recipe pages, plantain ptheperfectairs across this amazing idea.
Bacon wrapped maduros.
It sounded like yummy awesomeness. It’s sweet plantain and bacon, perfectly deliciousness.
As I was discussing this amazing find with Mumika, she told me bacon was bad for me and would give a me a coronary.
Bacon is amazing. It’s the only thing I ate in the hospital that didn’t make me nauseous from the meds I was on. Turns out the antibiotics and fungal meds were wonking up my taste buds making everything taste horrible and nothing sounded good. Except fruit, bagels, bacon. No one in the hospital told me I couldn’t eat it and the nutritionist who always reminded me I could only have half a bagel every morning never told me I was eating too much of it. I think their thought process was, at least she’s eating.
I replied to Mumika’s statement by claiming, “I’m as healthy as a diabetic horse.”
Which cracked me up. A horse with diabetes.
With football playoff starting Sunday, this would be a great appetizer to chomp down on between bouts of screaming at the TV.
Maduros is plantain that is cooked when yellow or nearly black instead of when green. Pretty much it’s ripe plantain and the more yellow and black it is, the sweeter. It’s almost the same concept as using blackened bananas for banana nut bread, except, you’re slicing thick slices and frying the plantain.
When a plantain is green and fried twice, it becomes tostones. When plantain is green and fried once and then mashed with garlic and bacon or fried pork skin, it becomes mofongo.
This is why Puerto Ricans get mad when you call them Hispanic and ask them to make tortillas. We don’t know how to make tortillas, it’s not in our cuisine. But we do know how to cook plantain at least 5 different ways.
I heart maduros. Heart them. The thicker the slice, the better. But that will be for a different post.
Bacon Wrapped Maduros
1 extremely ripe plantain
oil, for frying
4 slices of bacon, cut in half
Peel plantain and slice into thick slices. There should be 8 total.
Heat oil in frying pan.
Fry plantain until they become golden brown both sides.
Wrap half a bacon slice around the maduros.
Place bacon wrapped maduros on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until bacon is nice a crispy.Makes 8.
Most amazing thing every created.
Where has this been all my life? Why didn’t I think of this?
The sweetness of the plantain pairs perfectly with the saltiness of the bacon creating the perfect sweetly savored appetizer. Or snack.
Hell, I would add a fried egg and some slices of avocado and call it breakfast.
That’s how good it is.
So the next time you have the guys over, impress them with this little slice of carribean wrapped in bacon. Because people will eat anything if it is wrapped in bacon.