This is a quick and easy post of one of my favorite side items. Plantains are an awesome vegetable because there are countless different ways to prepare a plantain, fried, boiled or mashed they are always delicious. One of the most common ways of making a green plantain is to make Tostones. As a kid, I loved these things. I would probably eat more of them than I would my actual meal.
The name for tostones comes from the word “tostado” which means toasted. They are incredibly easy to make, and I have yet to serve them to a person who doesn’t enjoy them. I like to cut mine at a 1 inch diagonal, so they come out thin and crispy. If you cut them too thick, they can be dry. One crucial thing is that you cannot skip the first fry. Green plantains are very hard and they have to be par-cooked to be able to mash them. If you try to mash before the first fry, you are going to hurt yourself and end up with a mess.
I like mine with a side of mayoketchup. It’s a mixture of mayo and ketchup with a little garlic and salt. Some like their tostones with a side of ketchup or a simple sprinkle of salt. It’s up to you.
Trust me they will be all gone in just a few minutes. I have to hurry before Obed comes and steals them. He is hovering behind me….back off homes!
- 3 green plantains
- 2 cups water
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons salt
- vegetable oil for frying