The term comes from “tostar” which means to toast.
Tostones, also known as “Patacones”, are a Caribbean favorite side dish or snack.
I became hooked on tostones the first time I tried them, how can anyone resist all that crunchy goodness?
I eat them with salsa and some times with some oozy melted cheese. I have them with any saucy dish too.
You need three green unripe plantains:
and cut them into slices, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches think.
Preheat the oil in a deep frying pan, add the plantains.
All to the oil,
Fry each side until golden,
it will take about 2 to 3 minutes..
This is my secret weapon, called “Tostonera” or “Sope machine”
Smash each piece until flat.
Back to the oil for another hot bath.
Flip them again and make sure they get a firm surface.
Drain on paper towel.
Season with salt as soon as they are out of the frying pan.
Serve with cheese or salsa or both.
Oil, for frying
3 green unripe plantains
1. Peel away the plantains’ skin and cut them into slices, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick.
2. Preheat the oil in a deep frying pan, add the plantains and fry each side until golden, about 2 minutes. Make sure to not overcook.
3. Smash each piece until flat.
4. Fry the plantains again until the surface is firm.
5. Drain on a paper towel.
6. Season with salt.