Vegan Spinach and Plantain Rounds
In the Caribbean Islands, the Plantain is one of the most popular things to cook with. There are a number of dishes you can use them for, but here is a really popular one that is not only vegan, but delicious as well! I serve this all the time as an appetizer, finger foods, etc…everyone loves it! Make sure your plantains are very ripe, but still firm – this is very important in this recipe! This dish can be served hot or cold, and goes great with the Mojo dipping sauce!
First, using a sharp knife and doing it very carefully, cut each peeled plantain lengthways into 4 pieces. Then, heat a litle oil in a large pan and fry the pieces of plantain until golden brown but not full cooked. Lift out of the oil and drain on paper towels. Leave the oil in the pan.
Melt the vegan butter in a seperate pan and saute the onion, garlic, nutmeg, and spinach until they are all soft. Season with salt and pepper, taste, and cover until the spinach has wilted, about 4 minutes. Then, put it all into a strainer and press out any excess liquid.
Curl the plantain pieces into rings and secure each ring with a half of a toothpick. Pack each ring with a little of the spinach mixture.
Add a little oil to the pan already containing oil for frying and turn up the heat. While its heating, gently dip each stuffed ring into the vegan cream and then into the flour to batter them for frying. You don't want too much batter on them, just a bit.
When the oil is hot enough, fry each ring on both sides until crispy and golden. Drain excess oil on paper towels and serve! Enjoy!
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