| Dominican Mashed Plantains|
3 Green Plantains
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 green sweet pepper chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
2 Tomato, chopped
Salt and Pepper
3 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1. Peel the plantains and cut crossways into 3 pieces. Place in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until tender.
2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying pan add the onions, green pepper, and garlic and sauté until soft and transparent. Season with salt and pepper to taste then remove from heat and stir in the red wine vinegar. Cover and keep warm.
3. Drain the cooked plantains over a large bowl reserving the cooking water, then return the plantains to the rinsed out pan and mash with a fork, adding butter to taste and add a little of the reserved cooking water to get a smooth but firm consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
4. To serve - place the mashed plantain on a warmed serving platter and top with the sautéed onion mixture. Serve immediately as a side dish to accompany meat or poultry.
Can also be served as a meal in itself. Just top each portion with a poached egg.