Monday, September 5, 2011

fried plantain coins * tostones

today's a nice beautiful sunshiny labor day & it was well spent at my friend liz' house. liz & her husband rolando grilled some chicken & bistec on the back deck. i made the rice & some very spicy salsa verde which we accompanied with some nicely warmed corn tortillas & for dessert? we had tostones. tostones are very popular in central america & puerto rico & go by various names but the end result is pretty much the same. sweet & yummy. :oD -- OJO's Note-- before i continue i feel i should mention that plantains can be eaten raw but must be absolutely ripe aka black otherwise you will get a very bad tummy ache. i will only eat them steamed or fried--no raw plantains for me.

this is what you do:
take some plantains, peel them & cut into coins. next heat oil in a skillet. when the oil is good & hot add the 'coins.' when the plantain slices are nicely caramelized on the bottom carefully flip them over until they are caramelized also. when the plantain slices are done remove 'coins' from the oil. Place them on a paper towel lined plate to remove the excess oil. i personally like them sprinkled with a little cinnamon sugar. i hope that you would be tempted to make these because they really are delicious. enjoy! :)

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