Plantain & Spinach Tower


It is well established on this blog that I truly love plantains. I am always very keen to match them with other ingredients to create both visual and taste delights. Its very easy to work with plantains in terms of prepping, shaping and cooking them. They taste good on their own without much need to season them.

My foodie passion lies not only in cooking exceptional dishes which taste really good and leave a lasting impression on whoever eats them, I am passionate even more so about the visual display of my dishes.
Funke Koleosho's Plantain & Spinach Tower

I am always playing around with plating Nigerian dishes in ways that I feel will leave diners guessing what's on the plate. I enjoy comments like, "that looks too pretty to eat...!"

This post showcases another of my plantain recipes. Its plantain cooked in a familiar way but plated in a really attractive manner which hopefully captures the interest of gourmands.

Plantain & Spinach Tower

If all you are after is to make and eat something quick, then you should make dodo (fried plantain) and stewed spinach with some seafood. But if what you want is to create a visual appeal for your diners/guests then serve them Plantain & Spinach Tower. This dish also scores highly in the taste department and will make an ideal seat down menu item at special events or occasions.

Give it a try...

What you need
  • Just ripe plantains
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Coconut oil for frying
  • Some pre-cooked stewed spinach with added fish (or prawns)

Utensils needed: Food rings, mandolin slicer, food brush

What to do
  • Peel the plantains and slice thinly using a mandolin slicer. Crack the egg and whisk. Add a pinch of salt. 
  • Place some melted butter in a bowl and dip the sliced plantains in. Then place a small quantity of oil in a shallow frying pan. 
  • Place the food ring on the frying pan, the turn the heat up to medium. While oil is heating up arrange the buttered sliced plantains, one at a time into the food ring. 
  • Once the slices have been firmly arranged in a circular way (as shown in the picture), use the food brush to brush on some whisked egg on the slices. This will help to hold the slices together in a circle. 
  • Turn heat up and allow the slices to cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Once one side is cooked and well browned, carefully flip over to the other side. When cooked, place on a kitchen towel to remove excess fat. 
  • Serve by stacking the stewed spinach and fish with the fried plantains, in an alternating manner. Sit back and watch your guests reactions...!


Plantain & Spinach Tower


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