Green Plantains were always a little scary to me until my mother in law taught me about Tostones. Now they are a huge favorite of mine and I love frying them up and serving them with a tangy bowl of Ají.
Here is what you will need :
- green plantains – you usually get 6 tostones from 1 plantain.
- vegetable oil
- kosher salt
- big bunch of cilantro chopped finely
- 2 Roma tomatoes – diced into small pieces
- ½ of a white onion – diced into small pieces
- white vinegar to taste
- tabasco sauce to taste
Here is what you need to do :
Cut your plantain into 6 equal pieces.
Drop them into hot oil and fry until lightly golden brown.
Remove from oil and with an aluminum foil covered can, smoosh the plantains into a flat disk.
Flatten them all.
And then return the flattened disk back to the oil to fry up for a few minutes.
Remove from oil and place on a paper towel covered dish to remove any excess oil. Give the tostones a good sprinkle of salt.
Now for the Ají.
Chop it all to bits and then add the white vinegar and tabasco sauce to your taste. My husband’s family uses Ají as a condiment to soups and stews, but I just love it with tostones.
Give it all a good mix and there you have it.