Bolitas de Maduros (Sweet Plantain Balls)

This recipe represents most of all the Hispanics. We’re always using green and sweet plantains for anything. Side dish, an appetizer, or even as a dessert! I bring you an appetizer well-known most of all in Ecuador. You must use the yellow sweet plantains…Yes the ugly-looking ones like this

Don’t be afraid! I know it looks as if they’re expired or something but no, the flesh is used for many dishes. Of course it must be cooked in some way like baked, poached/boiled, or fried.

Prepare for a messy job here. The mixture is very sticky so you’ll need to flour your hands……a lot.

Makes about 25-30 balls.


  • 2 Sweet Plantains (yellow with black spots on it), Don’t Peel
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour, (and extra for coating hands)
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, At Room Temp.
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • Oil for Frying, (I used Canola Oil)


Cook plantains in boiling water for about 20-25 minutes or until it starts opening. After, remove from water and let cool for 5 minutes. Peel then add it in a bowl and start mashing it to a smooth constituency.

Start heating your oil at this time. Add all ingredients (instead of the cooking oil) in a bowl and mix well. Then, coat hands with flour and start forming little balls with the mixture.

Fry the balls until golden-ish brown and drain on a paper-lined plate. Serve immediately with Aji.




About Sherlly

I love food.
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5 Responses to Bolitas de Maduros (Sweet Plantain Balls)

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  2. sexycookie says:

    Hello. Can I use regular bananas instead? We never have plantains here… but i like the idea of thedish itself.

  3. Eva says:

    yum, these look delicious. maybe with an extra cube of mozzarella tucked inside?

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