An unfamiliar dish. Bananes a la Martiniquaise (French translation) or Bananas in Martinique (English translation). Bananes a la Martiniquaise, the proper name of the dish can be prepared with green plantains or green bananas. Because there are many varieties of plantains and bananas in the Caribbean, many variations of this recipe can be created. In the state, many of us are not that fortunate and therefore have to choose ingredient (green plantain or green banana) we can find and most comfortable.
The title does not define the dish regarding course type. But by reading the ingredients, it is clear that it is a dessert because of the rum. Although many dishes these days are enjoyed at different hours of the day, it is hard to impose rules that will just discourage people from eating. In my book, you eat what you want and feel like eating at any hours of the day or night depending on your pockets. And why shouldn’t we enjoy eating healthy and natural foods?
The dish at first may sound familiar and not so familiar when reading the list of ingredients. Plantains, lime, orange, raisins, cloves, rum, sugar and butter and a good heavy pan is all that is required to make this excellent dish. Personally, I think this dish should be eaten by itself. Other people may want to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complete the desert; it may be, and it may not be a good idea because many dishes are best enjoyed in their natural form because of taste simplicity.
Next time you are in the mood for plantains or bananas, try Bananes a La Martiniquaise. You will be surprised.
Note: Cooking time will be different with types of plantains/green bananas used. Dried fruits variety can be golden dried raisins, regular dried raisins, dried cherries or dried cranberries. The amount of sugar may need to be increased depending on the type of dried fruit.