You know those moments where you've tried to send a plantain to your friend who lives in London for his birthday but the UK sucks and won't let you send ANY fruit into their country from the States EVEN if it's to celebrates someone's birth so now you're stuck with an unsendable and ever ripening birthday plantain and you're not sure what to do with it?
Well, I had that exact moment today.
Oven-Baked Sweet Unsendable Birthday Plantain:
1 very ripe unsendable birthday plantain
1 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Itty bitty pinch of salt
Cut off both edges of the plantain and cut a slit length-wise. Peel back the skin.
Cut the plantain diagonally in 1/2 inch slices.
Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the plantains on top (arranging the slices in the shape of a smiley face is unnecessary, but highly recommended). Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove, flip the plantains, and return to oven for another 5 minutes.
Remove from oven. Briefly wonder if the UK would accept already cooked plantains and contemplate trying to send your creation to said London friend. Then let the wonderful smell of the plantains take its hold and instead decide to consume your plantain creation with your roommates immediately.
Optionally, you can put some peanut butter between two slices of plantain for a superbly delicious plantain sandwich...a plantainwich? Doesn't matter--whatever you call it, it's delectable.
Happy birthday, Neil! I hope your 27th year of life is as awesome as you are. Sorry the UK sucks and left you plantainless on your birthday.