Food - Drink
Dodo: The Delectable Nigerian Plantains You Need To Make
By CARA O’BLENESS
Plantains are a staple in Nigerian cooking, and these starchy fruits are routinely served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside entrées heavy on meat, beans, and rice. Dodo is one traditional Nigerian dish of plantains fried in a pan to bring out their sweetness, and this delicious side dish or snack is easy to make on your own.
Serious Eats' Dodo recipe calls for only three ingredients: two large ripe plantains (look for ones that have a combination of black and yellow on the peel), ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt, and 2 quarts of vegetable oil. To start, slice the peeled plantains to your desired shape and thickness before tossing them in a bowl with salt.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 200 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels before heating the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of the plantains and fry until golden brown, stirring occasionally, then use a slotted spoon to move the plantains from the pot of oil to the lined baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the oven to keep the already-fried plantains warm while you repeat the frying process with the rest of the plantains, then serve all the fried slices together. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, you can incorporate extra ingredients like lime, red onion, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper.