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Baked plantain chips - is it possible?

Jackie Childs | Nov 5, 200509:30 PM

I tried to make some plantain chips by baking them and they turned out horribly. I've made tostones doing the traditional twice-fried technique, but I wanted to keep this one healthy and figured it should work.

I was very surprised to not find anything on the web for this method.

My plantains were pretty ripe - yellow/black - so I was going for the sweet approach. Kind of like those dehydrated banana chips.

I par-boiled the plantains in their husk and then was able to take them out of the husks quite easily. I sliced them into fairly thin discs with a knife (no mandoline), and then very lightly sauteed them in some butter & brown sugar. Pretty much just to coat and cook a little. Then put them on a cookie sheet and into a 375 degree oven. I kept checking on them and once they became dry enough, I tasted them and they tasted like they were stale. Very chewy. And not all that tasty.

Any suggestions on what I possibly did wrong? Or is this method just not possible? Do I need to buy one of those dehydrators they were selling on the Home-Shopping Network in 1982?

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