Fried plantains and dumplings with plantains are some Jamaican recipes for preparing plantains. Both dishes can be used as side items for an entrée or as an appetizer or snack by themselves.
Fried plantain is one of the easiest ways to prepare the fruit. Peel a couple plantains; they are a little tougher skinned than bananas, so it is best to cut the ends off with a knife and make a slit through the skin down the length of the fruit and peel it away. Slice the plantain into bite-sized chips, and rub with a little salt. Fry in a little oil for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally until brown and tender.
To make plantain dumplings, first make the dough by mixing 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder in a food processor. Add 1/2 cup of cold butter sliced into cubes, and blend until the mixture is like breadcrumbs. Add 1/2 cup of milk a little bit at a time, and blend until the dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the processor.
Divide the dough into 12 balls. Peel a plantain, and slice it into coins. Insert a coin into each ball, making sure it is completely covered by dough. Allow the dough to rest about 30 minutes before frying. Prick the dough with a fork, and pan-fry over medium heat in 1/4 cup of oil until golden and slightly puffy.