Fried plantains are commonly eaten as a side dish or as dessert. To make this dish the plantains need to be very ripe, almost black. This recipe is a lower fat method of preparing this Central American dish, which is traditionally fried in oil or lard. If serving for dessert, you may want to sprinkle the plantains with cinnamon before baking for a special treat!
4 very ripe plantains
canola oil or cooking spray
Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a nonstick cookie sheet with canola oil or cooking spray.
Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange on the cookie sheet in a single layer, lightly brush plantain slices with canola oil or cooking spray. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).
Bake for 10-15 minutes, flipping plantains once mid-cook time, until golden brown and very tender.