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REPOST: any paleo experts in the kitchen?! plantain pizza / pie crust…

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

hello there. so, i was out at the supermarket the other day and came across some plantains on offer. i've never really considered them before, so i thought why not? and bought a few. i made some oven baked tostones (didn't like the idea of deep-frying...) and they were lovely, not sweet at all really, and with a bready texture. i don't often paleo-fy foods, very much a fan of meat/fish and 2 veg. but, i started to think that these plantains may well lend themselves nicely to a pseudo-pizza/pie crust. now, im no expert in the kitchen so i was wondering if anyone had experience cooking with plantains/had a recipe for a plantain pizza crust - so far i've found nothing helpful out there on the interweb. perhaps pureeing the plantain (yellow or green?) (with an egg?) first and then put in a shallow baking tray before baking to form a crust. then add toppings and pop back in oven? what are the thoughts of any paleo-bakers out there? i'd be interested to hear your recommendations! thanks ! ps i would experiment myself, but currently strapped for time!

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:24 PM

I've had the same experience. A few successes with pancake like experiments, but nothing that would hold up like a crust.

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on April 15, 2013
at 02:44 AM

You would need to double fry the plantains - fry them first in coconut oil, them smash them into a flat disk and fry them again. I think layering these to make a deep dish type pizza would be INCREDIBLE and I am going to try it, like a good little boricua! YUM!

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on March 31, 2013
at 04:59 PM

If the texture was bready for chips / tostones, then it's likely you used an unripe plantain. "Yellow or green"? No, you want them as close to black as possible. They will ripen out on a counter, if you buy them still yellow/green.

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on July 04, 2013
at 09:48 PM

I combine 3 green plantains with 2-3 Tbsps of coconut oil in the food processor till smooth then flatten out on a lined baking tray and cook at 200C for 2o min. Cover with paleo pizza toppings and cook for a further 5-10min till done. Kids and husband wolf it down! Husband also likes it baked on its own then cut into tortilla chips to dip in to salsa verde!

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on April 15, 2013
at 01:41 AM

You might search for a potato pizza crust, as I hear plantain are similar to potatoes in flavor and starchiness, depending on the ripeness of the plantain.

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on August 30, 2013
at 07:37 PM

HI!!! I just tried the recipe but I did 2 plantains and 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. Baked it for 20 minutes @400 degrees F and then topped with toppings (eggplant, ground chicken, and cheese cus i'm primal) and baked for an additional 15 minutes... the pizza crust held up!! I was soo surprised!! This is definitely going to be my go-to pizza crust recipe from now on ;)! Thank you!

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on March 17, 2013
at 01:46 PM

I know this may not be what you want to hear but... I haven't had much success with plantains unless I added coconut flour, almond flour, rice flour, tapioca flour... you get the picture. You could always try to cook a little at a time to see if it works, I would definitely go high eggs and a few tablespoons of (paleo approved) fat so that it gets a crispier, flakier texture.

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:24 PM

I've had the same experience. A few successes with pancake like experiments, but nothing that would hold up like a crust.

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on June 19, 2013
at 10:11 PM

I made plantain empanadas. I am not exclusively paleo but do play around with some paleo recipes. My dough consisted of 1 ripe plantain, 1 ripe banana and corn flour. Instead of cornflour maybe you could use almond flour? Or coconut flour....any paleo flour I think would work. I boiled the plantains, let them cool off then mashed them. To that I added banana and small pinch salt. I added corn flour which is non gluten...so don't think a lack of gluten affected the outcome. I actually just heated up each side of empanada in a dry non stick skillet and the dough was definitely crust like. I think a pie could be made with plantain dough. Good luck! I am on a similiar quest and think a pie could be filled with plantains too...or other fruit. Maybe as an open style cobbler. :-)

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on March 31, 2013
at 04:54 PM

The thing that makes pizza crust a crust is, unfortunately, the gluten. Gluten is a protein that holds the dough together so it bakes into a disc and can support toppings. Plantains of course have no gluten and would just fall apart.

There is something called mofongo which is a Puerto Rican specialty, which is mashed up green plantains under some kind of sauce, usually a spicy, meaty, soupy sauce. This is nothing like pizza at all, but is a good use of green plantains that is fairly Paleo.

You could try making tostones and topping them with meat and vegetables to make little bite-size pizza-ish appetizers, a fried tostone might be stiff enough to work like that.

I personally don't love green plantains and find them hard to digest, and as you indicate are usually fried or double-fried, so I prefer the sweet ones. I buy plantains and keep them until the peels are completely black, then peel them, chop them into 1-2 inch pieces, and pan-roast them with butter. This is an indulgence since even though it's technically Paleo it's pretty high in carbs and sugars, but they're delicious with any kind of meat.

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on April 15, 2013
at 02:44 AM

You would need to double fry the plantains - fry them first in coconut oil, them smash them into a flat disk and fry them again. I think layering these to make a deep dish type pizza would be INCREDIBLE and I am going to try it, like a good little boricua! YUM!

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