If you are like me, and you can’t wait for your green plantains to ripe, here is a yummy recipe to make your green plantain taste better than the fried ripe plantain.
Tostones (from the Spanish verb tostar which means “to toast”), are twice-fried plantain slices. its a ridiculously easy recipe.
3 large green plantains
⅔ cup oil (approximately)
- Cut the ends off of each plantain, and use a knife to cut through the skin of the plantain, lengthwise, from top to bottom. Try to only to cut through the skin, as you don’t want to slice into the inner portion.
- Use your fingers to pry open and peel off the tough outer skin. Discard the skin of the plantains.Cut the plantains into pieces, about 1″ thick.
- Fill a large skillet about a third of the way with oil.
- Heat over medium-high for a few minutes to warm up the oil.
- Take one plantain chunk and carefully place it in the oil. If the oil surrounding the plantain begins to bubble a bit, the oil is hot enough. If not, let it heat up for another minute or so, and try again.
- When the oil is ready, add your plantains to the skillet. Fry them for about 2 minutes on each side, or just long enough to soften them and turn them a light golden color.
- Remove the fried plantains from the oil and place them on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil.
- Using a tapoli or soup spoon to flatten each fried plantain piece. I do this by placing one piece at a time on a cutting board and smashing it gently. Smash them just enough that they flatten out, but don’t try to make them too thin, or they will break apart.
- Return the smashed plantain pieces to the hot oil and fry again. Turn them occasionally, until both sides are a deep golden color. Don’t overcrowd your pan or it won’t turn out as good as it could have, or it might not turn out at all!
- Remove the Tostones from the pan of oil, and place them on a paper towel again to absorb some of the oil.
- Sprinkle generously with salt and serve.
You can also serve this dish with shito, green pepper sauce, red pepper sauce, garlic sauce, ketchup, spicy salsa or guacamole. You can also take it to a different level by adding melted cheese, stir fried vegetables and any meat or fish of your choice.
Enjoy. —-Lady Elolo——