Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mini Plantain Pizzas ~ Perfect as a Quick Lunch or as an Hors d'oeuvre at Your Next Soiree

Mini Plantain Pizzas
In all honesty this recipe was born out of desperation.  It was nearing lunchtime as I wondered what I might throw together. I looked on as my daughter pulled two slices of leftever pizza from the fridge.  Needless to say, the pizza was not gluten free.  As she began to munch away, I began to feel a bit of envy creeping in.  Alright, so maybe it was full blown jealousy but would I allow myself to wallow in defeat? Certainly not!  Then the idea hit me.  Those starchy plantains that were sitting on the countertop might just make the perfect crusts for my pizza indulgence and ...QUICKLY!  Alas, the Mini Plantain Pizza was born.


  • 1 Plantain (just turning yellow)
  • ½ cup of your favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 2-3 oz grated Mozzarella
  • 2 tbs grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Basil Leaves for garnish

The Video Tutorial:


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel the plantain and slice into about ¼ inch slices.
  3. Toss the slices in a bowl with 1 tbs of olive oil. Then placed them onto a foil lined cookie sheet sprayed with a nonstick spray and give them a sprinkle of salt. 
  4. Bake them at 375 for 5-7 minutes. 
  5. When the plantains come out of the oven flip each one over with a spatula then top them with sauce and the two cheeses then return them to the oven for 5-7 minutes.
  6. When the Mini Pizzas are done place them onto a plate then garnish with some ribbons of  fresh basil and serve.  


  1. These sound good! I wonder if the plantain chips from Trader Joes would work too? They are a bit crisp but just bite sized. Hmmm, might need to go check it out.

  2. @Dr. Jean Layton-GFDoctor : That sounds like it might be a good idea. I'm always looking for a shortcut. You'll have let me know how they turn out if you try it.


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