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Caramelized Plantains

Plantains aren't meant for eating right out of the peel, but they are transformed into a gently sweet dessert when caramelized. If you can't find plantains, bananas are just as delicious.

  • Servings: 4
Caramelized Plantains


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 plantains (sweet), cut into 1/3-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a 9-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook, stirring, until the syrup is a light caramel color, about 2 minutes.

  2. Add the plantains, tossing to coat, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the apple juice and boil 1 minute, or until thickened slightly. Stir in the cinnamon and remove from the heat.

  3. Divide the plantains among 4 dessert plates and spoon the juices over each.

Reviews (1)

  • SewIsabel 22 Jul, 2012

    This recipe tasted great. However, as my first time making it and following the instructions while substituting bananas for plantains, I think I ended up with two much juice. The directions give approximate times and this seems to allow you to adjust times to your taste. Next time I think I will do better and will probably try three bananas instead of two. Maybe I will buy plantains if I see them in the store.

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