I love hispanic food and plantains are one of my favorite things to eat. Here is a unique soup for all you adventurous chefs:) Please do not let your plantains turn yellow-black because they will turn sweet. Must use green plantains.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 celery rib, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4-4 1/2 cups vegetable stock or broth
- 2 green plantains, peeled, quartered lengthwise & thinly sliced
- 1 bunch cilantro, stemmed and finely chopped
- 1/2-1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 bay leaf
- salt & pepper
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic.
Cook, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes, or until onions are soft but not brown.
Add 4 cups of vegetable stock/broth and bring to boil over high heat.
Add plantains, most of the cilantro (reserve a few tablespoons for garnish), cumin, and bay leaf.
Season with salt and pepper.
Return to boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered for 40-50 minutes or until plantains very tender.
Remove and discard bay leaf.
Transfer half the soup to blender; puree until smooth.
Return to the pan.
If soup is too thick, add a little more stock/broth.
Season with more salt/cumin if desired.