As you can see my girlfriend likes to sneak up on me and photo bomb right when I’m about to take the picture. After every shot I took she kept on saying “can I have one now?”. That just goes to show how good these things are. Cuz’ my tostones bring all the girls to the yard!
If you love Spanish food you probably love tostones and yet you may wonder how exactly do you make Tostones? If you think it’s impossible to make or that it’s from some wild fruit that you can only get in Cuba, you would be wrong! Any supermarket you go to will have the fruit for tostones in the produce aisle, right next to the bananas. They are called green plantains and that’s what you need to make tostones! Now take them to the register and pay for them and let’s show you how to make these bad boys.
Take a sharp knife and cut off the ends from each plantain. Then cut a lengthwise slit through the skin and peel off the skin of the plantain.
Cut the plantains into 1/2-inch pieces
In a small pot, heat up about 1-inch of canola oil on high heat until just hot enough to sizzle when a plantain piece is added.
Carefully drop the plantain pieces in the oil, until the plantain gets a slight golden color, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. With tongs transfer the fried plantains on to paper towels to drain.
Remove skillet from heat and reserve the oil.
With the bottom of a heavy saucepan or wide knife like mine take our 1/2 inch plantains and smash it flat with out breaking it apart.
Then, transfer back in to the canola oil for another 3-4 mins or till golden brown.
With tongs transfer our smushed plantains on to paper towels to drain. Then, season with salt!
At around $0.25 cents a plantain this can really hit the spot and they are economical. I usually figure that each plantain can feed two, unless your girlfriend likes to eat them while your making them. If that’s the case, you may need to make more…
Now that you know how how easy it is to make tostones… Go make some of your own!