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A Creative Fried Plantain Sandwich Recipe

Updated on September 23, 2013
A fried plantain makes a great substitute for bread in a sandwich.
A fried plantain makes a great substitute for bread in a sandwich.

Recently, my husband and I have discovered a great way to use plantains instead of bread in a sandwich. It is a unique combination of fruit, meat and vegetables we find delightful and fun to create as a meal. We always pick up a couple of green plantains when we visit our local farmer's market and let them ripen through the week for later use in this recipe.

I can't credit the originality of this recipe to ourselves, that belongs to Food Network's Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro. We have modified it to our taste and pleasure. My husband prefers to purchase a small ham and smoke it to add a unique taste to the sandwich. It is now a favorite meal that we enjoy about twice a month.

Although it involves fried plantains, we use a lighter oil and a lesser amount to make it "seem" a bit healthier. If you like, you can add a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate (see the recipe below) to increase the tropical, Spanish cultural experience. My favorite add to this is Jeff's home-made Garlic-Mayo spread that follows the main recipe; don't forget this treat if you like some spicy flavor in a sandwich. What can I say? It is a bit fattening, but you have to enjoy some of life's culinary pleasures!


Plantains may increase in price as they ripen:  2 for $1.19 is standard in our local grocery stores.
Plantains may increase in price as they ripen: 2 for $1.19 is standard in our local grocery stores.

Plantain Facts & Trivia

Plantains provide an alternative to bread and potatoes. They can be served steamed, roasted, boiled, fried and can be eaten raw when ripe (Make sure you take note of this because they are not so tasty otherwise. Believe me, I've done this!).

There are over two hundred species of plantains and they are grown in different parts of the world, including Africa and Indonesia. Most of our plantains in the US come from the Caribbean and Latin American countries such as Panama, Brazil, Honduras and Costa Rica. A small portion is grown and harvested in the topical United States.

Plantains are similar to bananas in appearance but differ in the taste and moisture content. Bananas average eighty-three percent moisture while plantains average sixty-five percent. This is why bananas ripen much quicker than plantains, it's all due to the hydrolysis (starch to sugar) process in foods. Additionally, bananas are used as dessert food items and plantains are commonly used as side dishes to a meal. As mentioned previously, we use them as sandwich "bread" and, surprisingly, they do handle well.

Plantains are also used medically in laxatives and respiratory treatments. The leaves are boiled as tea to treat cough and colds in some areas where they are grown.

Source: Rawfoodhealth.net

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: Serves Four
This is what the plantain looks like when complete.  Golden brown and so tasty!
This is what the plantain looks like when complete. Golden brown and so tasty!
Using a tortilla press to flatten the plantain makes the process much easier.
Using a tortilla press to flatten the plantain makes the process much easier.

Cast Your Vote!

4.8 stars from 12 ratings of Fried Plantain Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Extra Virgin Olive oil, or Vegatable oil
  • 2 green plantains Cut in half and halved lengthwise, or ripened plantains
  • Pinch Kosher salt, or table salt
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pound Ham, smoked and sliced thinly, or boiled ham, thinly sliced
  • 1 Beefsteak tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 leaves Romaine lettuce, or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 clove Garlic minced, or granualted garlic for seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven to 375 degrees F. Fry four plantain pieces until they float to the surface (about 2 minutes). Drain on a paper towel and repeat with remaining four pieces.
  2. Use a tortilla press (or heavy pan, wooden cutting board) to flatten each piece of plantain. The goal is to press them between two heavy items so that they are nicely flattened and spread out for use as a topping. Refry each piece of flattened plantain, in batches, until golden (about 4 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Building the sandwich: On the bottom of four plantains, place a quarter of the ham, tomatoes and 1 lettuce leaf. Spread the Garlic Mayo (see recipe below) on the top plantain and close. Cut in half on the bias. Enjoy! Note: You can use slices of American cheese, Queso Blanco (Mexican Cheese), or a crumbled feta to add to your eating pleasure.

Jeff Mauro's Garlic Mayo Spread

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or run through a press
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl, mix together the mayo, chili powder, cumin, garlic and add a little salt and pepper to taste.

We usually have some spread leftover which we store to use as a dip the next day with veggies and tortilla chips, or as a spread on crackers.

Plantain Sandwich Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 414
Calories from Fat1512
% Daily Value *
Fat 168 g258%
Saturated fat 24 g120%
Unsaturated fat 180 g
Carbohydrates 41 g14%
Sugar 11 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 41 mg14%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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In general, plantains sold in the United States come from our neighboring Latin American Countries and the Caribbean islands.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Me like plantain, any time, any how! Voted Up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      ComfortB, you surely must like plantains - you are first to visit here and this means that you will get favorable mention when we next have this meal! Thanks for the visit :)

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      This sounds *wonderful*, Teaches! I think you've messed me up. I was planning a salad for dinner but now I'm off to make a ham sandwich, lol! I never would have thought of substituting a plantain for bread, but I'll try it. Hopefully it has fewer calories?

      Up and delicious! er, interesting!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      teaches12345 - You have no idea. I think I've had one everyday this week except for today. Well, at least not yet. The day is still young. lol.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Molly! I don't think the calories are fewer, but may just a little healthier than using wheat bread. Sorry. I am also now craving a ham sandwich. See you in the kitchen!

      Comfort B, LOL! Go ahead and indulge, it's better than eating candy.

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      This looks amazing. I can't wait to go try this out for myself!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I have never tried plaintain before, but this sounds really tasty and interesting, anything to get me away from my addiction to bread can't be bad! lol! voted up! cheers nell

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      What a neat idea. I've never thought of including it in my sandwich. I love fried plaintain though--somehow it tastes so much better that way. Rated up.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would like to try the Fried Plantain Sandwich, it look delicious and what a creative idea you have for a unique recipe! voted up, interesting and shared.

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Great sandwich, teaches12345! I have had a plantain with bacon and other things in sandwiches but never thought of having it as a substitute for the bread itself.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      The Plantain Sandwich looks and sounds great. I really want to try the garlic mayo spread most of all. i'll bet the cumin really gives it flavor!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing. I have had this, It is good.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know what? I have heard of these for most of my life but until this moment I had no idea what they were. Thank you for informing me; one less thing I have to learn now. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow this sounds like a must try!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It's my favorite sandwich, GoForThe Juggler, and it does take some effort to make it but it's worth every bite. Enjoy!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      That is exactly why we tried this recipe, Nell, to find an alternative for bread. However, we are going to have to work on the "fried" part of this. Thanks for your votes and visit. Cheers!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Anglnwu, the taste of plantains with ham and the special sauce is unbeatable. Hope you enjoy it if you try it. Thanks for your support. Enjoy your day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dwachira, can't take all the credit for the idea, but it is worth trying. I appreciate your stopping in here, for your vote and sharing. You take care now, friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      North Wind, plantain and bacon? Sounds like my kind of sandwich! Thanks for the suggestion and for your visit. Be well and strong.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Rebecca! Yes, try the garlic mayo spread! It has a great taste and goes well with many food flavors. It was good seeing you here, friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love a fellow plantain lover. You can attest to that fact that it is a sandwich well worth making! Thanks, Mhatter, for your sharing and visit. Be careful out there.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I didn't try these until I moved to Florida. It's served in many restaurants and homes here. Guess they kind of grow on you. Thanks, Bill, for your visit. See you around. Be happy!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jackie, it is a must try if you love plantains. Start with the garlic-mayo sauce/spread, it's really a great taste on any sandwich. Be safe and well, friend.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Teaches, i didn't know, you are a good cook also, my wife is also impressed, wait we shall just reach your home...lol

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Oh wow, this looks great! I wonder if you could make a breakfast sandwich with fried plantain and a friend egg with bacon...hm...now you have me thinking! Excellent hub, teaches! VUMS and pinned.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Girishpuri, if you make it here I will most certainly create this for you! Thanks for stopping by.

      TToombso8, now that sounds really good! I am going to have to try that suggestion. Anything with bacon on it has to be good. :)

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      sofs 4 years ago

      We use so much plantain out here... but I never heard of such a combination of ingredients.. Interesting! Maybe I would have given it a try if not for the frying involved. Or maybe, on second thoughts I would pan toast it and try it out sometime. Thanks for sharing... recipes like these make me want to concoct my own.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I already know I love these recipes. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sofs, If the pan toast turns out well, please let me know. I love this sandwich for the flavors that are married into one, but the frying is something we are trying to work out. Thanks for your contribution.

      Breakfastpop, maybe we can enjoy this one over a good discussion soon. Thanks for your visit and support here. Enjoy your day.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Sounds like a plan!

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      KatrineDM 4 years ago

      Wow, I would have never thought you can use them this way, instead of a bread in a sandwich? It looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I'm with you D! Bacon makes everything better. YUM! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Katrine, it's new to us too. It's surprisingly good and so good.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Ooooh with the garlic mayo this one sounds heavenly! Thanks for the great share of the treat enjoyed by you and your husband.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Interesting! My niece and I just tried frying plantains recently. We sprinkled them with powdered sugar. Neat idea to use them instead of break. Thanks! Great job on the hub, too. Well laid out and attractive!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting recipe, teaches! Although I often see plantains in stores, I've never tasted one. I will buy one and try it now that I've read your hub. Thanks for the information.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you for this! I have a senstivity to wheat and cannot eat bread. Gluten free bakery items can be very expensive, inconvenient to make, or just plain bad tasting or textured. I miss good sandwiches!!!... I love fried plantains. This sounds like something great to try to put some nice flavor, texture, and variety into my diet. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      MMMMMM, this looks wonderful! I love plantains and usually sprinkle them with a tiny bit of sugar and cinnamon as a sweeter part of dinner. Funny, I learned the word in Spanish before I did in English and every time I see "plantain" I think, "platano" first. Hehe. I can't wait to try this out. Yum!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Interesting concept! Never tried plantain in this way..... Looks good.

      Voting up and useful.....

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      plaintains are utterly delcious. I wish you had written this recipe for the contest, teaches12345.

      I loved this recipe 'cause it is fresh and creative.

      voted up and shared across

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'll take mine with queso blanco! This recipe looks so tasty. I wonder how much flavor I would lose if I tried to bake the platanos instead of frying? (It's not that I'm scared of fried things, oh definitely not, but I just don't have enough space!) Voted up and beautiful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are welcome, Christy. Enjoy!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I've never tried plantains with powdered sugar, but I'm willing to give it a try. Sounds yummy. Thanks for the feedback on the hub design, Victoria.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alicia, if you want to eat it raw like a bananas, make sure it is fully ripened (mostly blackened). Otherwise, it will be hard and bland.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dana, we tried this because we are trying to eliminate white flour from our diet. It does work well as a topper for sandwiches when prepared this way. However, I am going to try it roasted next to see if it works. This would be healthier option.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Cclitgirl, yes platanos are wonderful but I have never tried them as a dessert. I am trying to avoid the sugary desserts for now, but some time when I splurge this will be an option.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      LaThing, it is a really good taste and surprisingly easy to handle as a sandwich. Thanks for your visit and votes here. Be well and strong.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ruchira, your enthusiasm is so encouraging to me. I never thought about the contest since I really don't cook for passion... just for pleasure. It is a good sandwich, and that's the truth!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Clevercat, please do bake them and let me know how it works. I would prefer a lighter version of this. Thanks for your vote and support. Take care out there.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have only eaten fried plantains a few times in my life. I would never have thought to use them as you have done here as a bread replacement for a sandwich. Would love to taste that sometime! Very interesting recipe. That doctored up mayo sounds good also. Thanks! Up votes!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, the mayo is easier to make and well worth it. Try it on a sandwich sometime. The flavor is wonderful!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....well you can teach me anytime you like because at 1:00am in the morning here by lake erie ontario canada I am looking for something delicious to eat along with my beer and listening to a Bryan Ferry album - As time goes by -

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Epigramman, you have me laughing here (yes, it's the wee hours of the morning here too!). I think I could eat this sandwich right now! Sounds like your having a great time though. Thanks for your visit and enthusiasm!

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      culinary traveler 4 years ago

      Believe it or not, I have never used plantain before in cooking. This hub has me salivating. Voted up for the wonderful introduction to this interesting ingredient!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Culinary, plantains are new to us too. Never really tried them until we moved to South Florida where the tropical cuisine has its influence. Glad you like it and thanks for the votes. I appreciate your opinions!

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      You are my hero.

      My weekly staple is Black beans with rich and platanos.

      I also like tostones, but I will have to try this.

      Thank you for this hub. Voted up!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Wow, what a unique use for plantains (at least for us Gringos!) Love the recipe and information. Thanks for the great idea. Voted up and awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Skarlet. I am finding that there are other people out there, besides me, who also like plantains and I hope that this recipe will help to satisfy the taste of those who enjoy them. I also love beans and rice with platanos -- yum!

      Lindacee, I was really surprised that I loved this recipe. It was much more than I expected! Thanks for your visit and do enjoy them some time. Adios!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I fell in love with plantains when I lived in Florida. I dated a guy from Cuba and he made the best food. Yum. This is a great idea to substitute plantains for bread, genius actually. I am calling the Einstein Institute right now!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never tried plantains, I wonder if I can buy them in the UK, I shall have to find out, this sounds like a great idea!

      Thank you and voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hyphenbird, thanks for putting a smile in my day. Too funny about the Einstein reference! I never had these until I moved to Florida, now they are a favorite meal item. Thankful for you support!

      Movie Master, I don't know if they are sold in the UK; maybe in specialty grocery stores? If you come to the states, stop by and I'll make you a sandwich. Thanks for your support and votes.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Love plantains but never thought to put it in a sandwich like this. Sounds delicious. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      If you like plantains, Alocsin, you will love this sandwich idea. It's all wonderfully mingled for just the right taste of sweetness and sour.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this. What a delicious looking sandwich! Gave this 5 stars, voted up and shared! Yum, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the rating, Kelly!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Although I've never been a special fan of plantains, teaches, I will try this interesting-looking sandwich recipe. Muchas gracias, mi amiga.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      Great job,Teaches 12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Drbj, de nada!

      IntegrityYes, Thanks for your support on this recipe.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This looks just fabulous. Using plantains this way answers my question of what to do with them and it answers it in such a way that it makes my mouth water! Thanks for a well done recipe.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am chuckling at your comment because I thought the same thing before I found out they were quite tasty. Thanks, RTalloni, for our visit and support here. Be strong and well.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, great article! This looks great. I must be honest, I have never heard of plantain before. Bread is ok, but it would be nice to have something new. Would love to try this. Great write, stats, and directions. Voted up, useful, and awesome. 5 stars as well. Awesome job teaches.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a marvelous idea. I would never have thought to use them this way. Sounds and looks delicious. And Garlic Mayonnaise...to die for. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lyricwriter, I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe idea. It is a nice alternative to bread and is very tasty. Thanks for your wonderful support. I am honored. Be well and strong.

      Phdast7, The garlic mayo is do die for! Honestly! Thanks for your visit here. Enjoy today's light.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      How interesting! I'll bet Elvis would've liked this recipe! ;D The market where I buy my produce has all kinds of interesting things like plantains, nopales and other items for the Hispanic community. I always wonder what to do with these things! I will try this! Thanks! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzanne, I think Elvis may have enjoyed this sandwich also. He did have thing for rich foods. I hope if you do try it that it is everything you expected. Thanks for your visit, votes and support. Take care.

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      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I’ve never tried plantains, but I must confess your pictures look like it’s a treat I’ve been missing out for years. A definite must try recipe.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Penlady! This is probably my favorite specialty sandwich now. Thanks for the visit and support. BE well and strong.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      WOW! POW! you make it look so delectable. I know the plantains can be very starchy tasting and I don't have a deep fryer or use that much oil. Perhaps I make a go of this in a regular pan. Thumbs up for inventive. HUGS, Debby

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I do love this sandwich. We use a lighter oil and cut back on the amount. Still looking for a lighter option on the frying method, but it's still a great sandwich. Thanks for your support here, Debby.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow, looks so delicious teaches. the name is very..unique and rare. never heard of it before. 5 stars.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the 5 star award, Unknown spy. Glad you like the idea. Be well and safe.

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Nice sandwich recipe. The mayo garlic spread sounds really great and will likely complement fried plantain. I'll surely give this a try sometime. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Om, I do use the mayo garlic spread on other food choices, it's so good! Thanks for stopping by here. Take care.

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      michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

      This sounds good and innovative, but it might be a little bit too much work for me. You kind of lost me at the "seems" healthy part. A knew that a tasty and healthy alternative to bread was too good to be true. Thanks for sharing. I might give it a try one day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Michiganman, it is an alternative to using bread, but still have to work on the "fried" part. However, it is so good! Thanks for stopping by here and have a great day.

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      I have never tried Plantain in any way. This recipe looks interesting. Especially if it is an alternative to bread and potatoes. Useful,voted up and shared!

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Teaches12345, I can tells that the fried plantain is delicious. Once I picked a green banana from my neighbor's yard and fried it. It tasted like french fries. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Urmilashukla23! Thanks for the votes and support. If you ever do try it, I think you will enjoy the mingled flavors.

      Formosangirl, I am going to have to try the green fries -- maybe try roasting them first. Thanks for adding interest to the topic. Be safe and well.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This is so interesting! I don't know much about plantains except they were similar to a banana..I have no idea that plantains could be used this way. This is a healthy alternative for sure.. that sandwich looks amazing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, Jamie. It is a pretty awesome recipe. Take care.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      It's a lovely, yummy recipe. I love plantain. The green one (not so ripe) and the yellow ones. Thanks, I will definitely try the Recipe. 5 Star.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      To use plantain as a sandwich bread sounds like a great idea. You are right though, we need to enjoy life despite the oily stuff. That what makes it taste good, I think!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lady E, it is a recipe to try, as it will surprise you with its great taste!

      Greatstuff, love your comment and totally agree -- you have to take a risk at times to enjoy life.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Omg I can't wait to try this recipe - it's fabulous!! I had heard of plantains but I had no idea how versatile they could be and how many ways you could use them for cooking. It's not very often that a super recipe comes along, that will taste great but also be heatlhy - this recipe is worth it's weight in gold! Many thanks for sharing + voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Seeker7, this is a really great recipe that my hubby and I enjoy at least once a week. I hope that you find it enjoyable. Thanks for sharing, voting and your support. Blessings!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      teaches, I have never tried plantain. In fact when I first saw the title I thought it might be about the weed called that. Thanks for something interesting to try.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Barbara, I am delayed in answering hubs due to summer vacation. I was very happy have your comment and visit here. It does take some work to wait for the fruit to ripen, but the sandwich is excellent! Take care.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      How in the world did I miss this! I have plantains at home right now. I have to make this sandwich!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Natasha, it is really good, but it does take some effort and time to make; so make sure you start early. Thanks for your visit here. Have a great weekend and holiday.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I've eaten and enjoyed plantains before, but as a sandwich like you have shown. That looks really good. I'll have to see if our grocery store has them at a reasonable price. Do you know when they are in season?

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Millionaire, here in Florida they are available all year round. They may be available at specialty grocery stores in other areas. If you buy them green, they are much cheaper. I have seen them when I lived in northern states of Indiana and Ohio. It is really good as a sandwich topper. Have a great week.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a delicious sandwich I look forward to trying! I'd never thought of using plantains instead of bread. Although they're very common in northern Peru, where all that has to be asked is "ripe or green" because every meals contains plantains, here in southern Peru plantains are more costly but still easy to find. In the north, the green plantains are often boiled, peeled, mashed and fried as a substitute for rice. Thank you for sharing such a delicious idea! Voted up and shared. I enjoyed all your information about plantains, too.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Really enjoyed reading this, packed with info and a great recipe! Plantain I have never had but will certainly check out if available here in Ireland. I have heard of it and knew it was similar to the banana and this sambo sounds delicious!!!!!!! Love the garlic mayo you gave out, definitely trying that, I love the secret ingredients! Voted up, awesome, useful, interesting and shared!!!!! :-)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love plantains. But I never though of using them in a sandwich. One of the more interesting ways I had fried plantains was as a replacement for traditional croutons in a grilled shrimp salad. It was delicious.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Good day to you teaches12345!

      This is new to me and it looks good. I think we have like this is the Philippines because there is a variety of banana that we fry and boil before eating. Thanks for the information.

      Go healthy!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Interesting to hear how other parts of the world use plantains. I have had them fried and sweetened and mashed. They are such a great add to any meal. Thanks, vespawoolf, for your contribution to the topic.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Suzie! I hope you can find some to sample in Ireland. I imagine you have some really interesting dishes there that would are also a delight to sample. Thanks for stopping in here. You take care now.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Stephanie, I think I could enjoy them as croutons as well. I am going to try this next time we have some. Thanks for the suggestion and add to the hub. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, I have had baked bananas with honey and they are also a good treat. I do love bananas over plantains, but this dish is really a great option as a meal. Thanks for your stopping by here. I always enjoy your visits.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      I was looking for a way to send you a link for some answers of growing gotu kola when I came across this hub. Thanks to you, I am thinking of using cavendish for substitute. We have lots of it from sis' business and I'm intrigued of the blend of flavors, I'm sure cavendish banana could be sweeter than plantain (which is closer sub to bread). I'll try cream yogurt, instead of mayo:=)

      Thanks for the recipe teaches. I'm actually sharing, every home probably gets a fair share of bananas so just perfect. By the way, hope this helps to your question about growing gotu kola in Florida. The link includes a phone number in Brandon where you can inquire. http://neemtreefarms.com/downloads/gotukola.pdf

      Thanks again.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Tonipet, I think your substitution will work just fine in this recipe. I am always so fascinated at how many different types of foods there are in this world. Thank you for sending me this link for the Gotu Kola. I wrote it down for my reference so this will save me the time. Thanks fo your support and your help. Enjoy your day.

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      Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Hi teaches12345,

      That was a nice one. I love bananas and plantains especially when prepared after ripening them partially. Makes my mouth watery. Quite a mouth-watering dish. Let me know when you are making this meal one of 'em days so that I can invite myself unannounced. Voted up

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Anjili, you are welcome any day! Glad you liked the recipe idea. Stay safe and well. Blessings!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, interesting recipe, might try sometime!

      Voted up, interesting and sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Livingsta, thank you for stopping by today. So glad you found the recipe interesting, it is all that! Have a wonderful day, dear lady.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      I poppped by to read some of your Hubs and all the ones I opened, I have already commented on. lol. I enjoyed reading: "How To Have A Successful Teacher's Meeting".... but it didn't have a comment Box.

      Nice to read this Recipe again.

      Keep up the good work on HP.

      Regards, Elena.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Very creative recipe. I don't typically purchase plantains, since they have a high starch content. You've provided some great factoids in your hub and a large quantity of MAYO for your spread. The way you've presented the food preparation, I might imagine it would turn out like a huge potato chip after a second frying in the flattened state. Could probably used for dips in salsa or guacamole. Thanks so much. Hugs, Debby

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for popping in here, Lady. I so appreciate your comments and loyalty on my hub posts. You are so awesome! Hope your day is going well.

      Debby, it's pretty rich and you probably want to serve this only once a month, maybe less due to the higher calorie content. We enjoy it as a diversion from the normal and serve it to guests for the conversation topic. It is a good idea to use it with dips. Thanks for your feedback on the post. Take care.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just decided to start finding some plantain recipes and this is a great idea. See I have been here already but now I have a file to put all goodies like this in so I don't forget!

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      poetryman6969 17 months ago

      I am generally not much for mayo but I would not mind giving this a try.

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