Plantains are probably my favorite food that I tend to forget about. I think lots of people can relate? Or if it’s not one of your favorite foods, you probably just haven’t done any cooking with them!
Before I had done any cooking with plantains they seemed really intimidating, but they don’t have to be! Cooking with plantains can be as simple as chopping them up and throwing them in a stew, like I did a while back with this vegan moqueca. But my favorite way to prepare plantains is to slice them thick when they’re super ripe and pan-fry them in a bit of of oil. You end up with a piece of fruit that’s soft and sweet in the middle, and beautifully caramelized on the outside. They’re great in sweet desserts, but I think they shine best when paired up with savory flavors.
For these burritos I decided to cook up some spicy baked tofu to go with my pan-fried plantains. The combination of smoky and spicy flavors in the chipotle sauce is kind of amazing next to sweet plantains. The tofu bakes up while you cook your plantains, and then you stuff everything into a warm tortilla and drizzle it with even more chipotle sauce, to really pack in the flavor.
For the chipotle baked tofu:
For the Burritos
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