Finger-Lickin' Good Plantain 1 large plantain 1 T butter 2 T brown sugar Slice plantain in 2 and put in pan over butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake 450 for 15 min on 1 side, 10 min on other. When is caramelized and look right, is done. Be careful; very soft; sticks on fingers. Plantain need to be very well ripe. Just yellow looking not enough. Need some dark spots on it, than is good.
This recipe is an adaptation of the smoky spinach stew served at Papaye, Samuel Obeng's restaurant in the Bronx Built on a base of onions and ginger sauteed in palm oil, made fiery with habanero, and thickened with ground pumpkin seeds and tomatoes, the stew calls for African smoked, dried shrimp powder; its flavor is amazing (Asian versions are typically unsmoked and chewier.) But smoked paprika and fish sauce make a serviceable substitute.