Caramelized Plantains

4 ripe plantains
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon sugar

Peel the plantains and slice them into 1/2-inch rounds
Heat the butter to foaming in a heavy skillet over medium heat
Add the plantain slices to the butter and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and slightly caramelized
Sprinkle the plantain slices with the sugar, allow the sugar to caramelize slightly, then remove the plantains from the skillet

Serve warm with or without vanilla ice cream