Tostones

April 23, 2017
tostones, fried plantains, platanos, cuban food, cuban cooking, florida girl cooks

Tostones

Growing up in my house, you didn’t need to be in the kitchen to know when my mom was making tostones. The smell of fried banana goodness would hit you if you were in your room or a few houses down playing with your friends. They were one of the most inexpensive but yet delicious treats that my mom often made for us. Simply fried and then lightly salted, it’s all you needed to fulfill you every comfort food dream come true. 

Continuing the Tradition

I’ve continued the tradition and can surely find my sons running to the kitchen shortly into frying up some delicious tostones. This particular recipe is exactly like that of my mom’s and is found in the Cuba! cookbook. I hope that one day they would continue our cultural culinary traditions by making these alongside some of the other delicious Cuban food staples. 

Tostones

Ingredients

4 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1.5 inch lengths
vegetable oil, for frying
sea salt of choice

Prepare

1.Heat at least 3 inches of oil in a large, heavy pot to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Working in batches, fry the plantain slices for 5 to 6 minutes, until they are light golden and softened. Not browned.

3. Remove the slices from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool slightly.

4. Increase the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. When the plantain slices are just cool enough to handle, smash them flat. You can use a tostonera, tortilla press, or two pieces of wooden cutting board, using even pressure when smashing down.

6. Return the plantains to the hot oil and fry until they are crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.

7. Transfer the tostones to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle them with salt while hot and serve immediately.

Tostones
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1.5 inch lengths
  2. vegetable oil, for frying
  3. sea salt of choice
Instructions
  1. Heat at least 3 inches of oil in a large, heavy pot to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Working in batches, fry the plantain slices for 5 to 6 minutes, until they are light golden and softened. Not browned.
  3. Remove the slices from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Increase the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. When the plantain slices are just cool enough to handle, smash them flat. You can use a tostonera, tortilla press, or two pieces of wooden cutting board, using even pressure when smashing down.
  6. Return the plantains to the hot oil and fry until they are crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer the tostones to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle them with salt while hot and serve immediately.
Adapted from Cuba! Recipes and Stories From the Cuban Kitchen
Adapted from Cuba! Recipes and Stories From the Cuban Kitchen
Florida Girl Cooks http://floridagirlcooks.com/
tostones, fried plantains, platanos, cuban food, cuban cooking, florida girl cooks

author: Teresa Gonzalez

Teresa is a South Florida native who is a photographer that also has a passion for food. She's a seeker of sunshine, lazy days at the beach, and exquisite food.

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comAugust 16, 2015

    What a cool idea! I must say, I’m glad you didn’t make the cones – I was feeling singularly unaccomplished!

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comOctober 14, 2015

    congratulations! so happy for you and your family!

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    MargaretNovember 18, 2015

    Hello Teresa, I am so very excited to try your cider bourbon glazed turkey, however the recipe states you have included your own cider bourbon glaze recipe “below”…but it is not there. Would you please send it to me? My William sonoma is out. Thank you have a wonderful thanksgiving! Margaret

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