Tostones aka Patacones aka "The New Chip"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Heat enough oil in a non-stick frying pan to cover the bottom of the pan util hot but not smoking. Add the plantain pieces and space them out evenly, careful not to overcrowd the pan. You'll have to do these in batches depending on the size of your frying pan.
Cook on one side about 1-2 minutes or until golden, then flip and cook the other side until golden.
Remove the plantains from the oil and place on a cutting board. Turn the heat off under your oil, but keep the oil in your pan to do the second fry.
Take the flat side of your knife and place it on one piece of fried plantain like this:
Then using the palm of your hand, gently press down to smoosh the plantain into a disk shape.
A slow and gently motion you'll find will work better than smacking the knife down harshly. Conversely, if you own or would want to invest in a plantain smasher, use that for perfect disks (but a knife works just as well). Repeat with the other pieces of plantain until they are all flattened in the disk shape.
Return the heat under your frying pan with the oil. When hot, fry the smashed plantains in the oil a second time, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown. Be careful as they will fry very quickly, about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side so don't walk away or else they'll burn! Remove from the oil with a spatula and set on a wire rack to drain. Season both sides immediately with salt.
You can serve the plantains as is with just salt, or add a dollop of guacamole or salsa like this:
These are best served right out of the fying pan, but if you have to make then in advance you can keep them warm for 20 minutes in a 275 degree oven.
Check out The Enchanted Spoon for some guacamole recipes that would go great with plantains!