These round crisp plantains are a traditional dish and snack. They are a favorite among everyone, especially children who can have fun flattening the tostones while they are warm with the palms of their hands before eating them. Tostones are a favorite side dish and they go with everything! Great as appetizers when served with Tonita’s spicy or mild Cuban Sauce.
Makes 4 servings
1 green plantain peeled and cut into 1-inch diagonal slices
grapeseed oil or avocado oil
sea salt or onion salt to taste
16 oz. Tonita’s Sweet Cuban Vine Sauce, spicy or mild
- Fill an iron skillet about a third full with oil and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add sliced plantains and fry for 2- 3 minutes on each side until light brown. Remove the plantain with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.
- When the plantain slices are slightly cooled fold a brown paper bag in half or use a double paper towel on top of them and flatten to about 1/8-inch-thick with the palm/heel of your hand.
- Several minutes before you plan to serve the tostones, reheat the skillet and return the plantains to the skillet and fry again for 3- 4 minutes or golden brown. Remove and let drain on paper towels.
- Sprinkle with onion salt to taste and serve warm. Keep in warm oven at 200°F until ready to serve. You may also oven fry for a healthier version. Just coat a long cookie sheet with oil and repeat the same steps.
- Serve tostones with Tonita’s Sweet Cuban Vine Sauce.
TIPS AND NOTES
- You may also oven fry for a healthier version. Just coat a long cookie sheet with oil and repeat the same steps for preparation.
This recipe is courtesy Tonia Chapple, owner of Tonita Sweet Cuban Vine Sauce based in Northern California. For more information about the sauce, visit http://tonitaskitchen.com/ where you can also purchase the sauce for this recipe.