Picking up where we left off, Eating a Rainbow series continues with the color Yellow. Yellow foods are lumped together with orange foods and include yellow apples, apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, lemons, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pineapples, tangerines, butternut squash, carrots, yellow peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, sweet corn, plantains and sweet potatoes. They are loaded with healthy nutrients such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C.
While dining at Lakeside Café one afternoon, I had asked Antonio if he would teach me how to make his Platanos Fritos as I wanted a yellow food to share with my readers. He laughed and said that Platanos were too easy to make. “That’s what most people want- easy.” I told him. Above is his mother Isabel showing me how to cut and peel the plantains. Antonio stressed that the plantains must be very ripe and almost all brown because they will make sweeter Platanos Fritos.
Next Antonio deep-fat fried the cut, quartered, and peeled platanos for about 2 minutes at 375 degrees. He said, “the grease must be very hot for the platanos to come out right. They should be golden brown all over.”
The platanos were drained well on paper towels then plated. Look at the golden color of those platanos. Perfect. His Platanos Fritos are served with a side of beans and Salvadorian Sour Cream or Crema.
This is a beautiful and delicious dish. The texture of the Platanos are soft but not mushy and very creamy almost melting in one’s mouth. Are they greasy? Not a bit. I would have never guessed eating a sweet dish like Platanos Fritos with a side of beans and sour cream, but it works, and I must say it is the only way to go. The Salvadorian Sour Cream or Crema as Antonio calls it, is a rich thick cream that is not as sour as the American version. It is a bit saltier and smoother on the tongue as well.
I was very pleased with the simplicity of this dish while still enjoying its complex flavors. I am also very happy that I can make this dish at home when I need my fill of yellow foods but I will stick to ordering it at Lakeside Café. Oh and I’ll take extra Crema too please.
I would like to thank Antonio and his mother, Isabel for welcoming me into their kitchen and showing me some of their specialties. They know I will be back over and over again for more of their good, home cooking.
1641 Washington Plaza
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, open 7 days per week. Featuring Central American and American specialties. Located inside Lakeside Pharmacy. Lakeside terrace seating available.
Monday to Friday 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday 9AM to 6PM
Sunday 9AM to 5 PM