Plantain Appetizers Recipes – How to Make Plantain Appetizers

In this episode of “What’s Cooking?” Michael travels to St. Louis where Allrecipes home cook, Nelly, teaches us how to make Plantain Appetizers!

Nelly prepares four Puerto Rican appetizers using the humble plantain. She begins with tostones rellenos stuffed with picadillo (seasoned ground beef) and cheese. These are great as a side dish or appetizer! Aranitas (little spiders) come out crunchy and look so pretty on the plate. Remember to season them as soon as they come out of the oil. Mofongo might not look like much, but it sure is tasty. Made of mashed green plantains with garlic, olive oil, and pork rinds (or bacon), Mofongo goes well with chicken or fish broth and can be stuffed with garlic shrimp, carne frita, or octopus salad. It can also be formed into small balls and dropped in soups or served directly in a mortar. This is sure to become one of your guilty pleasures! And finally, she makes quick, easy, and delicious shrimp served over white rice or mofongo.

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