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This fun Haitian appetizer from my podcast guest Quiara is one of our family's favorites ever!! Not only are these fried plantain cups tasty, but they are just plain *fun*!!!
One of the best things about this recipe is I learned something I can apply to all fried plantain recipes. This recipe calls for soaking the plantains before cooking in a bowl of salt and vinegar. This really gives the plantains a boost of flavor.
What Quiara Says About This Fun Haitian Party Food
My life is so much about cross-cultural living and this recipe is a good mix. My husband's favorite American food is probably BBQ sauce. These cute little plantain bowls will always remind me of big shingdings here at our yellow house in Port au Prince. The table is loaded with little bits of a lot of different types of food. If I'm involved I usually make a cake and a big pizza. There is rice and beans, fried chicken, fried plantains with pikliz, some type of spicy pasta dish such as lasagna or gratine, and maybe a salad. These bowls are a cool addition cuz they're so cute and you can pull little bits from the other foods to put them together. My favorite party of all time was in September, when my husband planned a surprise party for me. He blindfolded me outside our gate and there were probably 50 people singing happy birthday to me on the porch. It was such a humbling moment because I came here as a stranger in a time when Haiti is so full of insecurity and financial problems, and his circle of family and friends has welcomed me in a way I will never forget.
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What to Serve with Fried Plantain Cups
If you're looking for Haitian appetizer recipes, you really don't have to look any further than these plantain cups! They are transformed into treats of many flavors simply by changing the fillings! Here are some of Quiara's suggestions
- Chunky guacamole
- Pineapple slices (Quiara suggests adding them to the meat and we loved the plain in the bowls!)
- BBQ pork or chicken
- Pikliz (a spicy pickled cabbage dish - the recipe is included with the Plantain Cup recipe below)
- Mango salsa
- Tomato or Cucumber salsa
- Let me know in the comments if you come up with your own!!
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