Tostones
Tostones, a traditional side dish made of green plantain is also known as “Patacones”. There is great debate on the origin of the Tostone, however, you may find them in many Latin American and Caribbean countries. The process is simple and the flavor is delicious – a staple to serve with many of our main dish recipes. Tools needed include: Wood plantain press and a nonstick saute pan.

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Side Dish, Warm Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  • Green Plantains
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
  2. To peel the plantain, use a sharp knife to remove the ends, then carefully slice the peel lengthwise, 3 or 4 times all around, without piercing through to the “meat” of the plantain. Remove the peel with your hands. Cut the plantain into 1½-inch pieces. One large plantain yields about 6 tostones.
  3. Cook the plantain in the boiling water 15-20 minutes, or until they are cooked through. You can check for doneness by carefully piercing a toothpick through to the center – if it slides in easily, the plantains are cooked. Transfer the plantains to a paper towel to dry.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large IMUSA NON-STICK SAUTE PAN over medium-high heat. Add the plantains to the pan, flat side down, and allow them to toast for 3 minutes on each end, until golden brown. Remove the plantains from the pan, but do not remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Use your IMUSA WOOD PLANTAIN PRESS to carefully smash the plantains. Because you are using little oil, they may stick to the plantain press, so use a rubber spatula to help you remove the tostones.
  6. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Then transfer the tostones back to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy. Transfer to a serving dish and season with salt.