I love plantains but it has to be super green or super ripe, nothing in between. I love the sweet ripe plantains that you often get with Caribbean take-out, who doesn’t? If cooking plantain in any other form, I prefer it to be green. Over the years I’ve had green plantains in soup, stews, as chips or mashed but it wasn’t until recently that I came across these plantains fritters called Aranitas (meaning little spiders). After shredding the plantains, I mixed it with garlic and fried it until it’s crispy and golden. These are super easy and great as an appetizer when served with this Mayo dip or even guacamole!
Aranitas(Green Plantain Fritters)
2 green plantain, peeled and shredded
2 tsp garlic paste
½ tsp salt
½ cup Mayo
3 tsp lime juice
1 tsp cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
To make the fritters, mix shredded green plantain, garlic and salt. In a frying pan add enough oil so it’s about ½ inch deep and heat over medium fire. When oil is hot, scoop the shredded plantains (about 2 tablespoon) and then press gently for form a patty. Slide into the hot oil and cook until both sides about 2-3 minutes until golden brown, flipping after the first side is brown.
Remove from oil and drain onto a paper towel.
To make the sauce, add mayo, lime juice, cilantro, honey and mix to combine. Add salt and black pepper to taste.