Moving on. This week we are making tostones. Tostones are fried plantains. You can buy plantains either green or yellow. The green ones are the ones we are using for this recipe. The yellow ones are also delish but much sweeter.
When choosing green plantains make sure they are dark green. The darker the better. In my picture they look a little yellow but there should be no yellow. Begin by filling a pan with a little bit of oil over medium heat. You want enough oil to come up about half way on your sliced plantain coins.
Next slice the plantain in to roughly 1/2 inch diagonal coins. I say roughly because here in Case No Damns Given my coins are never uniform size. So you do you.
Once the oil is nice and hot, carefully place the coins in the pan. You only need to leave them for about 1-2 minutes per side. We are not cooking them just softening them.
After the coins cool a little, we need to smash them. I used a tostenera, which you can pick up at most global super markets. A flat bottom cup works just as well.
Finally, place the flattened plantain back in to the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. It should be crispy and golden when it is done then spinkle with a little salt.You can eat them plain, put salsa on them or my personal favorite top them with rice and beans. We have even topped it with rotisserie chicken, jalepeños and cheese and ate them like nachos.