What's a great, easy and delicious snack from the Flip (Filipino) side?!
Turon!! Once you make this and bring it to a party, I guarantee you this will be a popular request from the crowd. But not to worry, they're easy.
When I know there's a party or get-together coming, I will buy my plantain about a week prior so that it can start getting ripe. I also like to place them in a paper bag to speed up the process even more. My personal preference is to wait until the peel is nearly black and it's easily bruised. This just means it'll be even more sweet and delicious!
All you'll need is a package of spring roll wrapper, some brown sugar, and of course some ripe plantain.
1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan under low to medium heat. How much oil? Just enough that half of the rolls will be submerged. Slice the plantain in half and then in 3 equal slices. If you grabbed medium-sized spring roll wrapper, then cut the plantain in 3 equal parts, and then 3 equal slices. This second option is actually better for parties/bigger crowds.
2. Put a layer of brown sugar on the wrapper as well as on top of a slice. Don't be scared to be generous either. It'll be delicious!
3. Tightly wrap the plantain. Also not necessary to wet the edges with water to make the wrapper stay especially if you're going to fry it right away. But if you want to, then by all means!
4. The key is to cook them low(ish) and slow, in low to medium heat. This will allow for the plantain to really cook through while the sugar caramelizes into it and also through the wrapper. Also, cooking on low to medium heat won't burn the sugar. The sugar will melt nicely and it will coat the wrapper nicely which will give it that delicious crunch. With that said, don't be afraid to baste with that melted sugar. Trust me, you won't regret it! Once they're golden brown on each side, place them on a cookie rack to let any excess oil drop off. You won't really have much, to be honest. Do not however, place them on paper towels as they'll just stick.
VOILA! You will now be the most popular kid in town! Lol kidding. But really though, this is a crowd favourite so don't be surprised if this will be a popular request. What's great is that you can prepare these ahead of time, place them in a ziploc bag and refrigerate them until they're ready to be fried. I recommend letting them sit out until room temperature before frying. Freezing wrapped turon is definitely an option, I just wouldn't let them stay frozen for too long or else the wrapper will just fall apart easily when you're frying them or even when you're just defrosting them.