Plantain Cups with Avocado and Shrimp Recipe: this cute bites are sure to raise the flavor to the next level at your gathering.
Course Appetizer, Party
Keyword best recipe for mofonguitos, copitas de platano, tostones rellenos
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Clara Gonzalez
4plantains(or unripe bananas)
1cupoil for frying
2tablespoonsof olive oil
4clovesof garlic, crushed into paste
20jumbo shrimp, peeled
1teaspoonof salt(or more, to taste)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4teaspoonof pepper(or more, to taste)
To make the cups
Pre-heat oven to 200 F [100 ºC].
Peel the bananas (or plantains). Cut into 6 slices each banana or 7 slices each plantain. Heat oil for frying over medium temperature.
Fry each slice until they are golden brown all over. Squeeze the slices using a lemon squeezer forming small cups. Once all the cups are formed, fry them again over medium heat until all the light parts have turned golden brown.
Turn off the oven and leave the cups in the oven while you go ahead to the next step.
For the shrimp
Heat the olive oil over very low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Do not let the garlic burn. Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink throughout. Season with salt to taste.
Remove from the heat and reserve.
For the avocado
Peel avocado and crush using a fork until it doesn't have any lumps. Mix in the lime juice.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon about tablespoon of avocado mix into the cups.
Top each with a shrimp and garnish with cilantro leaves.
If you use plantains, skip the oven step, as plantains get dry and hard too easily.