A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: You can now organize your bookmarks into folders!  Read more here.
Total Members: 297,493
Currently Running With Scissors:
545 Guests and 31 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 7
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Tostones con tutoría! - Twice-fried green plantains w/ tutorial!  (Read 10706 times)
Tags for this thread: vegan , gluten_free , recipe , tutorial , craftster_best_of_2009  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
jungrrl
Global Moderator
Crafty Business Advice Moderator
Toys, Dolls, and Playthings Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

I'm a portmanteau.
Online Online

Posts: 18653
Joined: 17-Jun-2004

Former Full-time Craftster-er


View Profile WWW
« on: June 25, 2009 03:54:41 PM »

I am the whitest girl ever BUT I went to Miami (Florida, not Ohio!) for college and while I was there I developed a deep, unquenchable love for Cuban food. I also bagged myself a Cuban guy, and thus Cuban in-laws to teach me how to cook my favorite of all Cuban side dishes - tostones.

"What the hell are tostones?" you may be wondering.  Well, tostones are green plantains (they look like bananas but are much more starchy and dense) that have been fried not once, but twice.  *drool*  They're crispy and starchy and smushy and salty and heavenly. (And they're vegan if you're into that!)

Here's a pic of the finished product



And here's a tute!

Ok, so I'm more of a "cook it 'til it looks done" kind of girl, than a "cook exactly 2.8 minutes" kind of girl, so if this is too vague I totally apologize! Just ask questions if you have them and if I have to go buy more plantains and make more tostones, well I'll just take one for the team.  Wink

You need:
Cooking oil (regular old vegetable or canola oil is good, I wouldn't use olive oil, personally)
GREEN plantains (You don't want brown/ripe plantains for this! Those are for maduros which is an whole 'nother thing)
Salt
"Tools": Skillet, plate, paper towels, a small cup (or something else to smush with).

That's it, three ingredients!  I usually prepare one plantain at a time. It's enough for two people for a big side and it was enough for my entire breakfast this morning after I took these pictures Cheesy  

First, peel and cut your plantain
I cut down one side and cut of a tiny bit of one end and then peel similar to a banana.

Like this or preferably even greener




You should cut them into roughly 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices. DON'T cut them on the diagonal, again that's for maduros, which are different!



Then, put oil in your skillet
I try to put in an amount that I think will go about 1/3 to 1/2 way up the pieces.  Using a smaller pan means using less oil, but more batches, so it's up to you.

Heat oil on medium heat
I like to put a little end piece in to tell me if it's hot enough or not.  You want the oil to be bubbling around the plantain pieces, but you don't want it popping up in your face! Don't start a grease fire just for tostones!!

Add plantains and cook each side until bright yellow
A minute or two I guess on each side.  In the second picture, half of them have been flipped.  You want that brighter yellow color





Once they are cooked, place them on some paper towels on a plate
Turn your oven off and let those plantains chill a second. Tongue



Smush those suckers
Once your plantain pieces are a little cooler, you're gonna smush 'em.  I used my cafecito cup but I'd suggest just using a regular flat bottomed glass cup or, if you're fancy, a tostone smusher (that's the technical term dontchaknow.).  When I smushed mine, the edges were still mostly in tact. It's actually better if they're a little more... frayed? smushed? If the edges aren't totally solid, they fry up crispier.


(Cafecito cups are a good size)

Here's one smushed and one not for comparison.  I could actually have smushed that one a little more.




I went to a Cuban restaurant recently where they smashed the hell out of their tostones.  They were really flat and really crunchy. So that's an option if you like it, but... I don't. Cheesy

Heat up your oil again and fry!
Because they're now a bigger diameter, you can't get as many into the oil, so you will probably need to do more than one batch.  You're going to cook these again, cooking each side. You're looking for a more translucent edge this time.  I'd say maybe 3 minutes? I don't like them to be too brown, but I'm a habitual undercooker. Especially the first time I make tostones after a big break... I'm too excited to eat them and pull them too soon!  Lips sealed



Here's a comparison of the ones I've cooked for the second time (front) and the ones waiting to go into the pan (back)


When done, place them on paper towels and salt for all you're worth!
You want to salt them while they're still hot so that the salt sticks better. It'd be hard to salt them too much in my opinion! But other people have different tastes, so salt as desired. Smiley

And you may notice that there's a big empty spot on the plate?  Yea.. I couldn't wait.  Cheesy Grin



You can also make a dipping sauce by mincing garlic and adding olive oil.  The boy says it's better if you let it sit overnight so that the garlic infuses the oil a little more.  (I'll have to add pictures later, I was too excited for plain tostones this morning!)

So that's a LOT of words for a really easy recipe!  Cheesy
« Last Edit: March 24, 2011 09:28:28 AM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed pictures » THIS ROCKS   Logged

photojenn
Clothing Moderator
Home Sweet Home Moderator

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 1119
Joined: 05-Jan-2007


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009 04:00:17 PM »

*drool*
THIS ROCKS   Logged

norahkate
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009 04:08:31 PM »

yum.  too bad there's not a drooling smiley face or i would use it. 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Will swap for baby food jars (or other small jars with lids)
Phizzychick
Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking, and ATCs Moderator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 11798
Joined: 31-Mar-2005


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009 04:10:50 PM »

They look so delicious!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

blushingbluegrass
Offline Offline

Posts: 1591
Joined: 31-Jul-2008

Bowl of Petunias: Oh no, not again.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009 04:27:49 PM »

these look amazing. will have to pick up some plantains at the next marketing!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.

wisting on a star....
MareMare
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Bath and Beauty Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Soapmakers do it with bubbles
Offline Offline

Posts: 18663
Joined: 25-Apr-2007

Don't be a soap licker


View Profile WWW
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009 05:51:44 PM »

Yum! I love plantains so much, but have never cooked them myself! I had some good ones in Costa Rica. Are these in any way similar to the roasted plantain chips at Trader Joe's? These look much better lol, those were like non-sweet banana chips.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Soaps by MareMare Blog Updated! 8/27

~Calling all Quilters! It's time to join the 2014 Quiltalong!~

Love painting your nails? Check out the Awesome Manicure Thread!
jungrrl
Global Moderator
Crafty Business Advice Moderator
Toys, Dolls, and Playthings Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

I'm a portmanteau.
Online Online

Posts: 18653
Joined: 17-Jun-2004

Former Full-time Craftster-er


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009 06:36:08 PM »

Well, they're not so... chip-y Cheesy They're much more chewy/smushy than plantain chips.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

leah
Global Moderator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 8051
Joined: 01-Jul-2003

formerly "the craftster admin" - viva craftster!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009 07:15:51 PM »

yum.  too bad there's not a drooling smiley face or i would use it. 

I'm drooling out of my eyes over these! Cry Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Want to support Craftster? Find out about becoming a Friend of Craftster!

{ craftastic.com | leahkramer.com | helloadorable.com }
lafrenteenalto
Soñadora
Offline Offline

Posts: 92
Joined: 13-Aug-2008

Amo Ergo Sum


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009 07:57:09 PM »


OMG I love Cuban food, I was born there and lived until I was 7, half of my family is Cuban and half is Chilean so I eat a lot of cuban food my favourite combination is:
Potaje de frijoles colorados con arroz blanco, masa de puerco frita, tostones, mariquitas o platano maduro frito y chicharrones. Mango o dulce de guayaba con queso de postre.

I would have a lot of trouble translating that since my english sucks sorry

something like read beans, rice, fried pork, fried fat?, oh I give up
haha
THIS ROCKS   Logged

batgirl
Global Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Part Librarian, Part Superhero
Offline Offline

Posts: 20067
Joined: 23-Sep-2005

Stop Pinning, Start Making.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009 08:36:51 PM »

Yummmm! I had these when I visited Venezuela, but I have never made them. I will now!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Just added lots of new items! Use coupon code "craftster" for 10% off! http://www.LilyLovesBernie.etsy.com
 50 Things
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 7 Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
The Origins of Garfield
Superhero Origins: Banshee
Comic Con - Damaged - Sam Worthington Interview
How to Drew a Picture Book
Superhero Origins: Havok
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Seed Packet Gifts
Cooking: Honey Month
September 19th - Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.