Baked Plantain Bites

Now here's a little something different for your Thanksgiving meal! A sweet and savory plantain dish to replace that weird sweet potato casserole your aunt always makes (what's even in that, anyway?!). Submitted by @alessandrataryn, these bites are a unique and delicious appetizer that are sure to wow your family and friends. 

 Baked Plantain Bites |  @alessandrataryn

Baked Plantain Bites | @alessandrataryn

Baked Plantain Bites

-3 extra ripe plantains (they need to be almost black)

-1 cup uncooked black beans

-1.5 onions, chopped

-1 tbs vegan butter or plant oil of your choice

-3-4 tbs Daiya cream cheese

-.5 tbs cumin

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a slow cooker, combine black beans, one diced onion, and water (use the amount recommended on the black bean packet), and let cook. Once the black beans are cooked, place the remaining onion, cumin, and vegan butter in a frying pan. Sautee until the onion is golden and translucent. Then add the cooked black beans to the pan and mix together.

Cut the plantains in half. Once the oven is hot, place inside on a baking tray. Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on how thick the plantain is, flipping once. Once the plantains are baked and tender, remove from oven and cut into bite sized pieces. On half of the pieces, top with the black bean mixture, and on the other half of the pieces, top with a spread of vegan cream cheese. Enjoy immediately!