Have you ever eaten a certain cuisine just get a certain side item? While I love all of the fresh flavors associated with Latin inspired foods, normally my favorite items on the plate are the tostones. Tostones are twice fried plantains. If you’ve never tasted a plantain, imagine a banana and a potato had a baby, but much more starchy than sweet. Tostones bring a starchy earthiness to all of the fresh flavors associated with Latin cuisine and really round it all out for me. In other words, they are just plain delicious and best of all, they are super easy to make.
5 tablespoons oil for frying
1 plantain, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
salt to taste
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Place the plantains in the oil and fry on both sides; approximately 3 1/2 minutes per side. Remove the plantains from the pan and flatten the plantains by placing a plate over the fried plantains and pressing down. Return them to the hot oil and fry 1 minute on each side. Salt to taste and serve immediately.