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From the Chef’s Corner

Caramelized Plantains with Honey-Peanut Sauce

If you enjoy bananas and peanut butter, you will like this recipe. Select black plantains for optimum flavor and tenderness. Don’t substitute bananas for plantains.

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 3 soft black plantains, cut into 1-inch-thick slices (about 3 1/2 cups) 1/3 cup aromatic peanut oil 1/4 cup honey 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter 1 tbsp. rum 1 tsp. fresh lime juice; 1 tsp. lime zest 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tbsp. butter Garnishes: sliced lime wedges

Whisk together brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add plantain slices, tossing to coat.

Cook plantains in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to serving plates, using a slotted spoon.

Combine honey and next 4 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in butter until smooth. Spoon sauce over plantains. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

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