Do you have those foods that you used to hate with a deep passion, then randomly when you’re older your opinion totally and completely changes?! Well, for me that food is Tostones.
Tostones are basically fried plantains. They’re a staple in many Latin American cuisines, in particular Cuban cuisine. I decided I wanted to give them a try last weekend for Father’s Day, and let me tell you they did not disappoint! My dad spent all day complaining that they were going to stink up the house and are such a pain to make…..then he ate about 25 of them. Typical! I served them with some simple guacamole and the combination was unreal.
Seriously though these are soooooooo easy to make, but still a bit tiresome in a way. It takes time to fry these correctly. And they HAVE to be served warm to really be enjoyable. So if you’re going to whip them up at your next get together, be prepared to spend a lot of mingling time in the kitchen in front of the stove.
Either way…they’re worth it.
4 green plantains, serves about 3-5 people, MUST BE GREEN
frying oil of choice, I used vegetable and poured enough to fill a large pot about 1.5 inches high
- Remove the skin of your plantains and cut them into roughly 1 inch pieces. Don’t be too strict with this, just guesstimate
- Fry the pieces in hot oil standing up for a couple minutes until brown, then turn over and repeat until the entire piece is brown. Remove from oil and place on a sheet of paper towel.
- Using the bottom of a glass, or the bottom of a can, or even a Tostonera if you’re super fancy, flatten the fried piece of plantain.
- Fry once again until golden brown. Sprinkle with some sea salt and there you have it!