Mmmm time for some Dominican food… this is by far the simplist recipe around but so naughty (tasting) and comfort food at it’s finest.

This is a typical Dominican dish and you’ll find it on breakfast tables across the nation… it’s cheap, it’s relatively healthy and it takes about 7 minutes of hands on work.  Which is right about my time limit when I’m in the middle of classes… I work full time and go to school… 7 minutes* is a luxury not to be wasted.


serves 2
1 large plantain, not ripe (green means go for it)
1 tablespoon of whipped butter

1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, and season with a little salt.
2. While water is boiling, peel the plantain and cut into 2 inch pieces.
3. Boil the plantain until it’s fork tender, aprox. 20-25 mins.
4. Remove plantain from water, reserving some.
5. Immediately, begin mashing plantain (fork, potato masher, bottom of a cup, whatever). Add butter.
6. Continue mashing, adding reserved water until the plantains are a creamy consistency.
7. Serve and enjoy.

Simple, simple, right? Delicious? Yes! Traditionally, there’d be bit lot more butter, but really a little whipped butter goes a long way- gives you all the flavor without all the fat. Vegan margarine works great too!

Plantains are actually a cousin of bananas so their nutritional value is similar but with a lot less sugar. Yum.

Notes: I served mine with the foods I adore- toast and eggs, but it’s pretty versatile so go for it!  It’s also very adaptable: Use a riper plantain and make a sweet mash with some cinnamon, caramelize some onions and toss them in.  The possibilities are endless!

Nutrition Facts per serving: 170 calories, 4 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 10 grams cholesterol, 43 grams sodium, 36 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 17 grams sugar, 1 gram protein, 28% DV Vitamin A, 34% DV Vitamin C, 4 % DV Iron

*I’m joking- I do spend more than 7 minutes in the kitchen, sometimes it’s even 15!
Without accounting for added salt to water or to the mash.