A couple of days ago, a friend with a plantain tree gave us a bunch of lovely ripe ones. I had only eaten plantains in a restaurant and never attempted cooking them at home before. Turns out they are really easy to prepare. I used one of my most trusted cook books for the recipe.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet while splitting each plantain into quarters.
When the oil gets hot, lay the plantains down in a single layer and let them sizzle. When they start to brown on the bottom, turn them over and let them finish cooking. When they are nice and brown on both sides, they’re done. Remove from the pan with a slotted spatula, drain on paper towels and put in a serving dish. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and serve hot.
A variation is to mash up some garlic cloves and add that to the oil when you fry the plantains.