I am just now coming off the “high” that was Inaugural Day this past Tuesday! Of course, whenever I feel emotional, I find myself heading into the kitchen to work through the emo, lol. My good buddy, Art Smith, told me he has actually used my recipe for Arroz con Gandules, and served it to President (then Senator!) Obama, who loved it! I decided that I would make something to clebrate Inaugural Day, Daisy style.
It was pretty cold in Washington, DC on Tuesday, and not much different in Brooklyn, NY so I wanted something that would cozy and comfort me up a bit. I was planning on making a pan seared salmon with lemon and capers as my protein, I had a steamed garlic with garlic and oil as my side, and needed something interesting for my starch; for some reason, I was not feeling rice, potatoes, or pasta. A quick perusal through my pantry was enough to serve as inspiration. I had 3 sweet plantains, and 3 green plantains. I was making Arañitas, those crispy, crunchy plantain fritters that would be delicious with the salmon.
You can make your aranitas as simple or complicated as you like, but here is what I used:
2 sweet (not dead ripe) plantains
2 green plantains
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup of vinagre
salt and pepper to taste
I started by shredding the plantains into a bowl
Then spicing the mix up with my seasonings
Heat about an inch of canola oil and drop the batter in by the heaping tablespoon when the oil is hot but not smoking.
Turn once to brown the other side
and viola! Inaugural Day Arañitas! Looks too complicated for you? Remember, “Yes, you can!”