New Jersey chef and BBC reality star Ronaldo Linares is executive chef at his father’s restaurant, Martino’s Cuban

Plantains are an often overlooked side dish outside of Latin America. The only slightly challenging part of this dish is making the guava sauce — other than that, simply bake the plantains in their own skins, add sauce and a little crumbly white cheese, and you’ve got an impressive side or appetizer that nobody else will bring to the pot luck.