Fried Green Plantains | Tostones

A Classic Latin American Cuisine 

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¡Yo soy boricua pa que tu lo sepas! 

You can find Tostones in a variety of Latin American cuisines, especially in the Caribbean. This dish carries much history as well as nutritional value! And it's refreshing to know that it can be thoroughly enjoyed in a healthy and guilt-free manner! And while heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other serious diseases seem to threaten in the Hispanic culture, Tostones remain a formidable and trusted dish for the people. According to Dr. Sebi's health theory, Green Bananas are classified as a Cell Food - an alkalizing food source that reduces mucus and helps rid the body of disease. It's a great alternative to the traditional starchy potato and can be enjoyed in various ways! The Green Banana is high in many nutrients, including potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. These benefits cause my heart to soar with pride and joy! I hope you will have the opportunity enjoy this staple dish for its health and flavor!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Green (Unripe) Plantains 

  • Grapeseed Oil

  • Sea Salt

  • Spring Water

 Tostones are made with ripe green plantains that can be found at any Latino bodega or supermarket. However, if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer variety of bananas and plantains, ask the grocer or the ladies who are shopping for their own bunch of plátanos.

Tostones are made with ripe green plantains that can be found at any Latino bodega or supermarket. However, if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer variety of bananas and plantains, ask the grocer or the ladies who are shopping for their own bunch of plátanos.

Instructions:

  • Peel the plantains and cut into diagonal 1-inch chunks.

  • SOak raw plantains in cold water for several minutes.

  • remove raw plantains from cold water and dry with a clean kitchen towel. 

  • Heat the grapeseed oil in a large skillet. Place the raw plantains in the oil and fry on both sides - approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side, or until golden in color.

  • Remove the plantains from the pan. using a paper towel, pat excess oil from plantains.

  • flatten the plantains by placing a plate over the fried plantains and pressing down.

  • then return them to the hot oil and fry 1 minute on each side until golden brown.

  • add sea Salt to taste and serve!

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I love how versatile this dish is! Enjoy as / or with:

  • A cilantro avocado sauce 

  • as plantain chips

  • with a side of beans & rice

  • used as an alternative to toast or fries

 

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¡BUEN PROVECHO!

SnacksYasmin Wells