Cuban Tostones: Fun to Say, Fun to Make, Fun to Eat

When I was in Cuba recently, there were several times I sampled Tostones–not once-fried, but twice-fried plantain bananas. So when I saw plantains at Mediterranean Island in Grand Rapids this weekend, I decided to try making Tostones myself.

The recipe I found via Google is called Cuban Tostones. And it was really easy.

Start with plantains, also known as platanos in Spanish-speaking cultures.

Peel them and cut into approximately 2-inch slices.

Heat vegetable oil in a pan or a wok and add plantain slices, frying for 1-2 minutes and turning as they brown.

Remove the fried plantains to a paper towel to drain, then flatten using the bottom of a glass. Reheat the oil and fry again.

Drain once more and serve with salt. Tostones make a great side dish with meat or as part of a vegetarian meal such as Cuban Black Beans and Rice.


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