Jan 19, 2017 | Recipes | 0 comments

Plantains are a tropical fruit related to the banana.  They are nutrient dense and a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber.
Tostones are fried green plantains, cooked here in  coconut oil.  They are a great substitute for chips or crackers and packed with much more nutrition.
  • 2 green plantains
  • ¼ – ½ cup coconut oil
  • salt
  1. Cut plantains into slices about 1 inch thick. Remove peel from each slice.
  2. Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. Carefully add plantain slices to oil and cook until yellow, but not browned. Turn frequently and watch closely. This will take about 2-4 minutes.
  3. Remove slices and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Use a standard drinking glass or a tostonera to smash each slice.
  5. Heat coconut oil again over medium heat. Carefully add the now smashed plantain slices to oil and cook in batches until they reach desired crispness (about 3-4 minutes on each side).
  6. Remove and drain, sprinkle with salt to desired taste, and allow to cool slightly before eating.

Tostones are great as a side dish or an appetizer.  They pair well with a variety of salsas, guacamole and dips, as well as any appetizer such as pulled pork or chicken.

Below are my tostones topped with chicken salad.  Yum!


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