These Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro are absolutely delicious and they can be served as an appetizer, side dish, snack or even as a dessert. If you prefer not to have them sweet just omit the guava paste.
Ripe Plantain Balls (Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro)
- 3 large very ripe plantains
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese diced
- ⅓ cup guava paste diced
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Sugar for garnish (optional)
- Cut the plantains in half, but don’t peel.
- Place the plantains in a medium pot and cover with water. Cook over medium heat for about 8 - 10 minutes.
- Remove the plantains from the water and peel. Mash with a potato masher or a fork.
- Form 15 balls of about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of plantain mash. Flatten them with your hands and place 1 piece of guava paste and 1 piece of cheese in the center.
- Form the ball again and place in a heavy pot with hot oil, over medium high heat. Fry for about 4 minutes turning over once, until golden brown.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil. Serve hot and sprinkle with sugar if you like.
Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 429IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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wow i bet those taste amazing Rebecca
Oh my goodness!!! Those look awesome!!! I love fried sweet plantains and I love guava. I want to try out this recipe so badly but I don't know if I can get a hold of guava paste around where I live. I'll have to check out some online stores.
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You can get guava paste at any latin market. Just ask anyone working there for guava paste. Or if not a latin market, ask for the latin section.
You can find guava paste in amigosfood.com
Thank you for your comment!
These balls look fantastic and the perfect snack - would they keep if I were to make them for a picnic?
I prefer them hot, but I am sure they are good either way.....just wrap them with foil.
That would be part of my last meal for sure.
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My husband was just asking for something with plantains. I am totally going to be making these - these plantain balls look amazing! I don't think I'm going to be able to find guava paste - what would you recommend as a substitute here?
you can find guava paste in Amigosfood.com or Hatogrande.com
And I imagine you could put a savory filling like picadillo or some shredded pork and have an equally delicious treat!
OMG! great idea! or stuffed with ropa vieja (bigger balls of course!!) I wonder if you could make a little bowl, fry it and fill it?? hummmmm....
It sounds delicious!
I'm not even exaggerating...
My husband just looked at this post and said, "Buñuelos! Will you make these for me - please??"
I am definitely going to try this.
Gracias por el esfuerzo y el orgullo con el que presentan la belleza y riqueza de nuestra gastronomia.......que maravilla el volver a reencontrarme con recetas y bocados de mi infancia........
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This looks sooooo good!!!
I saw this link on Oyster's banana post. And love these balls! They look like a perfect dessert for me. I wonder how they become when they are cold?
I had the most heavenly experience eating these balones de plantanos near Milpe, Ecuador last summer (with the most excellent robust cup of coffee I have ever had...no joke). The balones were filled with savory treats...chicken, onion, green pepper, and maybe a tiny bit of chicken sauce of some kind. I was told to use half cooked mashed plantain mixed with half grated raw plantain. I have not tried to make these yet, but I also like the idea of guava:-)
ITS DELICIOUS HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMFFF............................
having never tried plantains or guava paste, i can't speak to how awesome these would be, but they look incredible!
Can I freeze this banana balls?
You can try it. I always eat them the same day!
Quick question, for health reasons can we try and bake them? Do you think this affect the end result? Thanks
You can try it. They texture and taste will be different.
GrVias por esta idea para compartir en la noche buena!
Do you cut the plantain in half the long way, or the short way? Thank you