Plantains and Sausage

After a long day on the trail during a recent trip with the American Adventurist group, I was off setting up my Outback Swag when the smells of something sweet started to drift through camp.  It was not a familiar scent for me, but it sure smelled great.  My nose ended up leading me to Humberto’s skottle, where he was frying up some Plantains.

 

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Camp in Cougar Buttes

 

After one taste I was hooked and had to have them again.  I made a trip over to the farmers market the next day on my lunch break. I found the plantains and grabbed some pineapple chunks while I was there as well.  On the way home from work I stopped off at the local butcher and picked up some Chicken apple sausages to add some protein to the meal.

The rest was actually quite simple.

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Fresh Plantains

 

I knew I wanted to cut up the sausage so I boiled them in a 50/50 water to beer mixture to firm them up a bit, we don’t want them falling apart when we cut them up. However, this step could be skipped if you prefer the sausage cooked whole.

 

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Very little oil is needed

 

While the sausage was boiling I got the plantains sliced up and started them on the Skottle, with just a touch of olive oil.  That’s it, no seasoning needed.

 

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Plantains and Pineapple

 

Once the plantains started to caramelize, I slid them to the side and got the pineapple started using whatever oil was left and the juice from the pineapple.

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Just like the plantains, the pineapple was pushed to the side and the sausages were added.

 

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Getting Close

 

I sliced up the sausage and let it finish frying,  then mixed it with the pineapple. For a bit of flair, I placed the sliced plantains back into the skin.  This isn’t necessary, but the skin made a great way of serving the plantains in camp so I wanted to make sure I passed that along.

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Time to eat

This could easily be done in a cast iron skillet or even a regular frying pan, but dinner is always more fun and better tasting when it comes out of a Tembo Tusk Skottle.

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3 thoughts on “Plantains and Sausage

  1. I have been educated today. I have never heard of plantains before and certainly never seen them here in the UK.
    A quick google search gave me the low down. I shall start looking for them over here, we need to try this recipe out.
    A dumb question I know, but do they taste like bananas ?

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    1. The plantains are in the same family as bananas, but are a little different. The main thing is they need to be cooked. I have only had them prepared this way but they are a little sweeter than the bananas and also a little more dense.

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