How many of you love sweet plantains? I do! I do! I do! —- Not all at once, please! One of my favorite Friday Night meals is fried sweet plantain with roasted or fried meat with Pikliz. Yummy! My mouth is watering, just thinking about it. So, this dish combines both sweet and salty, the sweet taste of the ripe plantains, and the salty taste of the meatballs is just amazing.
This recipe requires patience and will. If you cannot restrain yourself from eating while cooking, don’t even bother making this dish. You will end up with several naked meatballs, which we don’t want at all. This happens to me quite often, LOL and believe me I hear it from the hungry stomachs. And if you have kids or siblings, forget it! You will have to post a “do not enter” sign in your kitchen and hope it keeps everyone out of the kitchen.
The recipes seems easy at first, but not quite so. The reason is because I use ripe sweet or yellow plantains and I don’t wait until they are completely cool before folding the meatballs. I think I am a bit too hasty when making this dish. One other challenge I encounter sometimes is cutting the plantains if they are too ripe; the slices fall apart. I would suggest choosing plantains that are not too ripe and wait until they are cool before folding.
The sauce is a tomato creole sauce that is added to the meatballs wrapped with the plantains before baking into the oven. I sometimes like to make my meatballs very spicy or make the sauce very spicy depending on my mood. It can also be a neutral taste, meaning not too spicy and peppery hot which I find a bit blend – (tried it once to see how it was, but did not quite enjoy it.) So well seasoned meat and well-seasoned tomato sauce are a must. Good luck and hope you don’t end up with too many naked meatballs.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”block” ihc_mb_who=”unreg” ihc_mb_template=”1″ ]
- Haitian Meatballs recipe
- 4 ripe sweet plantains
- Need about 12 meatballs for 4 servings
- Tomato Sauce
- Tomato Sauce Recipe
- 2 – 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- 4 crushed garlic cloves
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 medium onion sliced or minced
- 3 ¾ cup of water
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and remove the skin of all sweet plantains and cut lengthwise slices. In a hot skillet, heat oil and fry slices until golden brown and cooked. Remove and place on a prepared dish covered with paper towels to remove some of the oil. Roll each meatball in a slice of fried sweet yellow plantain, and hold with a toothpick. Place in an oven-safe dish, and cover up to ¾ with the tomato sauce. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with the tomato sauce. Serve hot.
Tomato Sauce recipe:
- Heat oil in a saucepan. Add garlic, tomato paste, thyme, onion and parsley, and let cook. Add the sugar and water and stir to mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let simmer to obtain a thick sauce. Pour sauce over plantains and bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the tomato sauce. Serve hot.
The recipe was adapted from Roulade de Bananes Mures a la Viande or Ripe Banana Rolls by Marie-Denise Celestin, My Favorite Recipes.