Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This past summer, I took a trip to Miami with my husband, and we pretty much ate our way through Little Havana. Our favorite restaurant was Versailles. The food there is amazing and really authentic. One of our favorite appetizers was tostones or fried plantains. I decided to try my hand at these. They aren't very hard to make, but tostones are unique because they are fried twice. Some people like them completely starchy, but if you want them to have a hint of sweetness, wait until there are some black spots on the skin of the plantain. The darker the sweeter.
Here is what you will need:
Step 1: Cut the plantain into chunks.
Step 2: Heat the oil in the frying pan and cook the plantains for 3-5 minutes, remove, and drain the excess oil under paper towels.
Step 3: Smash the plantains under a frying pan or coffee mug (there is an actual 'tostone smasher' they sell in stores, but this works just fine).
They will look like this...
Step 4: Fry again until golden brown (3-4 minutes)
Step 5: Soak up the excess oil with paper towels.
Step 6: Sprinkle with salt and enjoy!
Complete list of ingredients:
Green plantain cut into 1-inch slices
Vegetable oil for frying