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Green plantains will always hold a special place in my heart; the night I met the wonderful man who is now my husband, he brought tostones (twice-fried green plantains) to a get together hosted by a mutual friend. Plantains have remained on our favorites list ever since!
Unfortunately, the usual way to prepare any type of plantain is frying in lots of oil. The oil is annoying to deal with and, can make a huge mess, and isn’t the healthiest way to cook! After having a lot of success with baked, homemade potato chips, we decided to try making baked green plantain chips. They worked amazingly well! In fact, baked mariquitas de platano are far easier to make than fried green plantain chips.
Naturally, after creating delicious oven-baked chips, I had to create a worthy dip.
We both wanted something creamy and garlicy, so we decided to pull out the Greek yogurt and see what we could do. After some experimenting, we came up with a delicious, but very simple, garlic lime dip that perfectly complements the plantains.
If you have a mandoline slicer, it is absolutely perfect for the job. If you don’t have one, it’s okay – you can get the job done with a knife and some persistent cutting! I’ve made the chips on the thinnest (1/16″) and next to thinnest (1/8″) mandoline settings and both work. If you’re using a knife, just to try cut the plantains into slices as thin and even as possible.
For the chips
For the dip
For the chips
For the dip
While I’m glad we didn’t buy the Silpat mat I wanted and a mandoline (because we ended up getting both as wedding gifts), I wish I’d owned them years ago! It is always so much easier to do a job when you have the right tools. Christmas is coming and all that, so if you don’t have either of these kitchen essentials, it could be time to start dropping hints! If you don’t have it yet, I highly recommend asking for the Cook’s Illustrated recommended baking sheet. I’ve had one for years and it’s amazing!
I really hope you enjoy these baked green plantain chips and Greek yogurt dip as much as we do! If you’re a plantain fan, you may also enjoy these oven baked sweet plantains!
Do you have a favorite, non-traditional way to prepare a food that’s different from the way other folks make it?
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.