Tostones (Fried Plantains)Submitted by: MAKINGHERPROUD
3 whole plantains cut into slices diagonally.
2 tbsp garlic
water for soaking
oil for frying
Cut the plantain diagonally by making 3/4 inch thick slices.
Place each slice in a bowl with salted water and let it soak for about 20 minutes for a better flavor*. DO NOT leave them there more than 30 minutes.
Drain the tostones well and place on paper towel to be sure all the liquid is off. This is to avoid getting burned by the splattering that occurs when moisture mixes with the hot oil.
Now preheat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Make sure the cooking oil is very hot!
Deep-fry the plantain slices for about 7 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels again.
Take each plantain slice, place on the tostonera and squeeze it to flatten them out. DON'T squeeze too hard.
If you donâ€™t have one, use waxed paper instead a lo jibaro as follows:
Place some wax paper on the surface of your cutting board. Place a fried plantain slice on top of the wax paper. Cover the slice with another piece of wax paper and squeeze down with a plate (saucer) and flatten.
Do that with the rest of the plantain slices too.
Put the slices back in the deep-frying pan until they're golden yellow and crisp.
Drain and layer them on a paper towel and sprinkle lightly with salt or garlic salt.
Number of Servings: 10
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MAKINGHERPROUD.