Tostones (Fried Smashed Plantains)



Tostones (Smashed Plantains)



2 green plantains

Vegetable oil for frying

Salt to taste


Peel the green plantains. Cut them into slices of about 1 ½”  to 2” wide. 

Using a medium size skillet, fill it up about 1/3 with vegetable oil. Heat oil to 320 degrees, or on medium heat.

Fry the thick slices in the hot oil for about 3-4 minutes. Turn them only once. They should look slightly golden and be semi-soft. Remove the plantain and drain them by placing them on paper towel.

Wait a few seconds until plantains cool a little. Using a plantain press or a brown paper bag folded in half, smash the plantains into rounds of about ½” thick or less (depending on how thick or thin-crispy you desire).

Bring the oil back to high temperature, about 375 degrees. Fry the smashed plantains again in the hot oil (turning them occasionally),  for about 2- 3 minutes or until light golden brown.

Remove tostones and place on paper towel to drain excess oil. Add salt to taste

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