Plantain + Apple Fritters
I made these easy-to-make fritters as part of our Cooking with Cinnamon Party. It was great to see a side dish with cinnamon other than sweet potato after sweet potato when I searched for one. The paleo-friendly recipe, from blog A Girl Worth Saving, is originally from The Paleo Approach Cookbook, and had three simple ingredients, and even though I didn't make it paleo-friendly (used olive oil for frying instead of coconut oil), I thought these were quite delicious.
Grating the apples was fun, needing only a few ingredients was super, but you must make sure the plantains were super ripe, otherwise the fritters would not hold. The produce clerk had told me the plantains I bought were ripe enough (not true), so it was harder to mash and hold the fritters together. I cracked an egg into the mixture to hold it all a little better. Also, the recipe said to fry each side of the fritters for about 7-8 minutes, I was able to do it for 3-4 minutes per side, but that might have been the olive oil instead of the coconut oil.
- 2 ripe (very ripe) plantains, peeled
- 1 small apple, peeled, cored and grated
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 to 4 tbsp coconut oil
- Mash the plantains in a bowl with a fork or a wire potato masher (the fritters taste better if you leave some lumps and don't over mash.) Add the grated apple and cinnamon and mix to combine.
- Heat 1 to 2 tbsp of the coconut oil in a skilled over medium heat. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the plantain batter into the pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. The fritters should be 2 to 3 inches in diameter, at about the same size as your spatula; otherwise they can be tricky to flip. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may have to cook the fritters in batches.
- Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom. Add a little extra coconut oil if the fritters absorb it all. If they are browning too fast, turn down the heat.
- Carefully flip the fritters and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on the other side. Again, add a little extra coconut oil if the fritters absorb it all.